E Bulletin No. 26, June 2016
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Winter Pursuits

Kia pai tou tatou Matariki,

Winter has finally arrived in all its glory, and for many this means more couch based pursuits. Now is the perfect time to catch up on your reading or taking an on-line course. The Werry Centre website provides a cornucopia of information on infant, child and young person mental health and addiction topics. It is crammed full of presentations, information sheets, guidelines, videos and newsletters. One new item is from a Regional Forum in Auckland that had a focus on information sharing. Dr Craig Immelman (Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist) presented on Information Sharing - The Legislation, Professional Codes and Case Study and was joined in an expert panel by Dr Andrew Cox (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist ADHB) and Leigh Murray (Family Advisor ADHB). Watch Craig’s video presentation. Catch up on research journal articles via this newsletter’s Journal Club. We also have our range of free e-learning courses in child and young person’s mental health and addiction. The news and popularity of our new Co-Existing Problem (CEP) course is already spreading throughout Australia.

The media has recently highlighted some individual cases of long term seclusion. Seclusion and Restraint practices are an issue that the sector has been working hard to improve and much progress has been made – although there is much still to do. I remind you of the resources which are available to help this progress such as the Te Pou guidance - Towards restraint free mental health practice and
Six Core Strategies© checklist. Particularly for the child and youth sector I recommend the Canterbury DHB CAFS Service experience of reducing the use of Seclusion and Restraint by their service

I hope you enjoy a cosy midwinter in the company of the people who give you the most joy.


Sue Dashfield
General Manager

Workforce Mahi whakapakari

The Power of Relationships
Parent-child relationships have loomed large here at the Werry Centre over the past month.  In preparation for our upcoming Child Training Day on childhood trauma, we have been immersing ourselves in the research into its effects on the brain, the body and relationships. In addition, we have been considering the relationship between clinicians and clients during CAPA-related CHOICE appointments and saying goodbye to some of our own team as they depart to take on new roles. Read more...

Teaching Whakaakotanga    

Youth Forensic Course Update (Psychiatry 773A & B)
The second two days of block teaching of the newly-established University of Auckland post-graduate Youth Forensic Course (Psychiatry 773A & B) was held at the Tamaki Campus on 13 and 14 June 2016. The course continues to be well received. Read more...

Research Mahi Rangahau

TrACY: Game Set and MATCH
MATCH (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children) is an evidence-based therapy designed in the United States by Professor John Weisz (Harvard University) and colleagues. It provides a flexible set of treatment modules with which to address the most common childhood mental health problems, namely anxiety, depression, trauma-related symptoms and disruptive behaviour, as well as co-morbidity between these conditions. Read more...

Journal Club Pukapuka rataka


This month's new articles include: 

  • Effect of Parent Training on Adaptive Behavior in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Disruptive Behavior: Results of a Randomized Trial (Scahill L, JAACAP, May 2016)
  • Global burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors for young people's health during 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (Mokdad AH, The Lancet, June 2016)
  • Methylphenidate for children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (Storebø OJ, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015)
  • Evolving eating disorder psychopathology: conceptualising muscularity-oriented disordered eating (Murray SB, BJP, May 2016)
  • Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in Prevention of Depressive Relapse: An Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis From Randomized Trials (Kuyken W, JAMA Psychiatry, April 2016)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists clinical practice guidelines for mood disorders (Malhi GS, ANZJP, 2015)

And many more….

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