E Bulletin No. 12, 11 March 2015
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ICAMH Resources & Support

Anyone who has either experienced or cared for a family member with mental illness will know how scary and lonely the journey can sometimes feel. Being able to access information about what is happening, about what you or your loved one needs and about how to look after yourself can make the world of difference to your ability to deal with the situation. As the Werry Centre continues to support the development of infant, child and adolescent mental health professionals, we are also committed to empowering service users and their families/whanau to be equipped with up to date and reliable information with which to engage in genuinely collaborative, client and family/whanau-centred care. The new sections on our website for families/whanau and for young people feature local and international health resources, information about services and public events. Please take a look at these resources and encourage your clients to use and share them. We would also love to receive new content and feedback so that we can continually improve this service. Visit the Werry Centre website.

Our own Werry Centre family benefits from support in the same way as any other at times. This month, due to the generosity of Cure Kids and Rod Duke, Managing Director of Briscoes, I am pleased to announce that a new Cure Kids Duke Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health has been established at the University of Auckland and that Professor Sally Merry has been appointed to the position. On behalf of the Werry Centre team, I'd like to warmly congratulate her on the appointment. With Sally's longstanding passion for research into mental health and her commitment to the welfare of children in New Zealand, there really isn't anyone better suited for the job. We look forward to hearing about all the great new opportunities that this new role brings!

Hiran Thabrew

Deputy Director

Workforce Mahi whakapakari

Exciting New Changes
At the Werry Centre workforce team we seem to have hit the year running. We have been scoping some exciting new work and undertaking quite a bit of recruitment. We soon hope to welcome a new Senior Advisor, Project Manager and Project administrator to refresh and add to the team's capacity and experience. We also hope to soon advertise lots of exciting new training opportunities and events to you. The Parenting Programmes event schedules are now appearing on the website too.

On 26th of February we held a very successful Eating Disorders training day in Wellington, with a great turn out. The event accommodated both specialist and generalist interests. The presentations for the day are available here (select Eating Disorders under Type of Resource to display the presentations). Read more...

Teaching Whakaakotanga    

C&A Advanced Training Programme (NZ North Island)
The Child & Adolescent Advanced Training programme run by the RANZCP and facilitated via the Werry Centre at the University of Auckland is a 2 year post-graduate Specialist Certificate in Child & Adolescent Mental Health for doctors completing (or who have already completed) their Psychiatric Training. Read more...

Research Mahi Rangahau

From Couch to Computer…
The demand for mental health services far outweighs the supply of clinicians who could deliver treatment. Computerised or electronic therapy (e-therapy) offers a potential to provide access to evidence-based treatments on a large scale. E-therapy can take various forms but online programs are currently the most common. Most programs are based on cognitive-behavioural therapy and are aimed at adults, but using technology to engage young people who have grown up in the digital world is opportune.

Researchers from the Werry Centre are involved in cutting edge development and evaluation of e-therapy programs for adolescents with depression and anxiety. This includes the award-winning SPARX, which is now available to all New Zealanders at more...

New on our website Pae tukutuku

Event Registrations
Following the launch of our new website all of our event registrations will now be managed online via our website.

To register for one of our Werry Centre events you will now need to create a user account, this is a one-off process and will allow you to register for any upcoming Werry Centre events by simply logging in with your username and password and clicking the register button for that event.

If you have any issues creating a user account or logging in, please click here.

Journal Club Pukapuka rataka

Focus on Consult Liaison Issues: A selection of new articles

  • Fatherhood and mental illness: A review of key issues (CFCA Paper)
  • Parent-infant psychotherapy for improving parental and infant mental health (Barlow J. Cochrane Database Syst Rev)
  • Evaluation of BoysTown’s Expressive Therapies Intervention (Southwell J. Boys Town Publication)
  • Association of CRP Genetic Variation and CRP Level With Elevated PTSD Symptoms and Physiological Responses in a Civilian Population With High Levels of Trauma (Michopoulos V. Am J Psychiatry)
  • Screening for psychological and mental health difficulties in young people who offend: a systematic review and decision model (Richardson R. Health Technol Assess)
  • Serious Games for the Prevention and Treatment of Depression: A Systematic Review (Fleming TM. Spanish Journal of Clinical Psychology)  

Jobs Mahi

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

Events and Training Mahi takune / Whakangunu

Click here to see our upcoming events and training
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