Emotional Wellbeing in Schools

Venue: The Teacher Building

Location: Glasgow G1 4DB, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 09, 2010 End Date/Time: Sep 09, 2010
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High levels of anxiety and depression are present in schools and have significant long-term impacts on the individual and their education. Various initiatives have been introduced into schools to address this issue, for example, the introduction of direct links to educational psychology services which aims to provide locally delivered support and help for those with higher levels of clinical distress.

A wide degree of low levels of distress continues however, and to address this, training in a wider range of mental health topics has been introduced into the curriculum within the Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) classes. To date, few of these courses/classes have utilised a specific mental health delivery model and are delivered inconsistently. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches have particular promise as a support for people facing anxiety and low mood.

In this twilight meeting, the presenters will describe their work in designing and introducing a series of CBT-based classes that can be run by teachers or others within PHSE and other settings. They have piloted this approach in classes with linked little CBT self-help books addressing topics such as 'Why do I feel so bad', 'The things you do that mess you up' and more. They will report qualitative comments from S2 pupils (aged 13-14) and their teachers, and describe the results of a pilot screening programme using two mental health questionnaires in a further school. They are moving towards a larger programme to evaluate the delivery of these 'Living Life to the Full' classes delivered by teachers in schools with an evaluation of mood and social functioning. In the presentation they will describe their work to date, and include key learning points. Attendees will also have a chance to participate in a sub-component of one of the classes and consider issues of evaluation and how to support delivery.


14 St Enoch Square
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Cost ACAMH Member: £15.00 Non-Member: £25.00 Speakers - Dr Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Gartnavel Royal Hospital - Dr Christabel Boyle, Specialty Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dumfries and Galloway NHS