E Bulletin No. 20, November 2015
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Summer days are here again (nearly)

The year is racing by and Christmas bells are ringing in the distance. As you start to plan your summer holidays, it might be a good time to start to reflect on plans for next year. The release of the E-Skills Plus, the online Real Skills Plus self-assessment tool could be a good place to start. This will allow you to map your skills and perhaps highlight areas for further development. This is a new tool developed at the Werry Centre and more details are given below. We would love to hear how you find using it. If you would like to develop your skills, now is a good time to think of enrolling in one of our post-graduate courses. There are a range of youth health papers (more about them in this newsletter), we have the Post Graduate Certificate papers in infant, child and adolescent mental health, and will shortly be announcing some financial support for the CBT papers. Watch for the announcement soon. 

We have action aplenty at the Centre until the end of the year. The workforce development team are running a number of events and planning for work next year, on the teaching side folk are marking papers from the many courses we teach and research staff are in the last few months of data collection on the TrACY study (assessing the effectiveness of MATCH-ADTC in New Zealand), collecting data on the implementation of SPARX as a national tool, planning for the Better Start National Science Challenge, and work continues on the IDEAL and PEN studies, among others. We have confirmed the appointment of some great new staff at the Werry Centre. Rachel Zondag has joined us as our core services manager, Stephanie Brown has joined the project support and administration team and Leanne Eruera has brought her financial and business skills to the team. It is lovely to have these three new people join us, and we wish them all a warm welcome. I am sure you will enjoy getting to know them.  

Summer is arriving at long last. We hope you are all enjoying the longer, warmer days and that the usual end of year rush is not too stressful. Hiran has gathered together a great selection of interesting articles for you to read as you loll in the sun. Enjoy!


Sally Merry

Workforce Mahi whakapakari

E-Skills Plus
We are excited to announce the launch of E-Skills Plus, an online self-assessment of Real Skills Plus ICAMH/AOD framework. The framework includes a primary level relevant to the primary level workforce. E-Skills Plus is ideal for those health professionals in all services who work with infants children and young people and their families. Read more...

Teaching Whakaakotanga    

Never Too Late to Learn 
The Werry Centre, together with the Department of Paediatrics, Child and Youth Health, offers and supports a number of courses for improving clinical practice with young people. If you or anyone you know may be interested in learning more about this area, check out the range of courses we have on offer. Read more...

Research Mahi Rangahau

Serious Games – Opportunity or Oxymoron?
We have shown that SPARX can help to improve depression in New Zealand adolescents. But how does its success compare with those of eHealth interventions for treating depression on an international scale? Read more...

Journal Club Pukapuka rataka


This month's new articles include: 

  • A pilot randomised controlled trial to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the Baby Triple P Positive Parenting Programme in mothers with postnatal depression (Tsovps Z, CCPP, April 2014)
  • The role of attachment in medically unexplained symptoms and long-term illness (Adshead G, BJPsych Advances, May 2015)
  • Multimodal Rehabilitation: A Mind-Body, Family-Based Intervention for Children and Adolescents Impaired by Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Part 1: The Program (Kozlowska K, The American Journal of Family Therapy, September 2012)
  • Mothers’ narratives about having a child with cancer: A view through the attachment lens (Bishop S, CCPP, October 2015)
  • How effective are ‘headspace’ youth mental health services? (Jorm A, ANZJP, October 2015)
  • High School Students’ Use of Electronic Cigarettes to Vaporize Cannabis (Morean M E, Pediatrics, September 2015)
And many more….

Jobs Mahi

Check out more jobs in the infant, child and adolescent mental health field 

Events and Training Mahi takune / Whakangunu

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