E Bulletin No. 15, June 2015
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Changing Times

The times are changing (and the weather too!)
One of the most invigorating aspects of co-coordinating the 768 clinical skills course is that I get to meet some of the exciting new talent that is joining the CAMHS workforce. While experience can help us to better understand the systems in which we work, fresh perspective can highlight areas for improvement. Recently, a number of students have discussed the turnover of staff in their workplaces and the impact that this has upon their own training, clinical practice and staff morale. As our series of stocktakes shows, things have definitely improved in terms of the number and range of available clinical and non-clinical support staff in infant child and adolescent mental health services. However, we still do not capture data on staff turnover and its costs to services and to clients, so there is also more to be done. In the meantime, as we renew our efforts to support services to implement the Choice and Partnership Approach (CAPA), it is good to remember the importance of job planning and how teams look after themselves in order to give children and their families the best possible care. 
On the subject of change, the Werry Centre is saying good bye this month to the wonderful Mathijs Lucassen. Many of you will know Mathijs through his involvement with SPARX and the TrACY studies. His level of efficiency is something to which most of us will continue to aspire. We wish him the best of luck with his new role as a lecturer in Mental Health at the Open University in the UK. For those of you working at centres involved in the TrACY study, you'll soon be meeting Sarah Hopkins who is taking over his role as study coordinator.

Also joining the Werry Centre in Auckland this month are Luci Falconer, our new Senior Advisor and Dr Grant Christie, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Luci has been working at Te Tangata Tonu, one of the few dedicated services for children of parents with mental illness based at the Kari Centre in Auckland. Grant has been working at Altered High youth AOD service in Auckland, developed the Substances and Choices Scale (SACS), a brief intervention to go along with it (SACS-BI) and been involved in writing the Co-Existing Problems (CEP) resource for practitioners working with young people. Down in Christchurch, Bronwyn Pagey and Michelle Fowler are helping to fill the large shoes of Karen Moke, whom I believe continues to visit for afternoon tea. Hopefully, you will get to meet all of our new team members at some stage this year. Please make them feel welcome and let them know how the Werry Centre can continue to be of service to you.

Hiran Thabrew
Deputy Director

Workforce Mahi whakapakari

Event planning is in full swing at the Werry Centre. Over the past month we have hosted a Maori hui and two national infant training days by Professor Stephen Matthey in Auckland and Christchurch. Upcoming events include the Sector Day in August, a Pacific Fono in September (Tupuaga: Home is where we start from) where we will look at what is working well for Pacific Youth and their Families), a national child training day in October. We also have a number of new staff on board. Read more...

Teaching Whakaakotanga    

Co-Existing Problems (CEP) 
How well is your team doing at recognising and responding to co-existing problems (CEP) in your clients? The SACS Brief Intervention (see is a good starting point for professionals wanting to address AOD issues in their young people. It is a one session intervention that involves administering an AOD screening instrument (the Substances and Choices Scale), having a discussion about the young person’s AOD use and then planning a goal. Please get in touch if you’d like SACS BI training in your area. Read more...

Research Mahi Rangahau

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a familial behavioural intervention, based on both attachment and behavioural principles. It is empirically-supported therapy for young children (2-7) with severe behavioural difficulties and has growing evidence to show its efficacy with reducing child maltreatment, helping children with trauma and strengthening relationship between caregivers and children with ASD. Tania Cargo from the Werry Centre is currently completing an open clinical trial with 40 Maori whanau which she will utilise to make the programme more culturally responsive to Maori needs. To learn more about this project and PCIT training in New Zealand, please read more...

Journal Club Pukapuka rataka

This month's new articles include:

  • Does mothers’ postnatal depression influence the development of imitation? (Perra O, J Child Psychol Psychiatry April 2015)
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and venlafaxine in early pregnancy and risk of birth defects: population based cohort study and sibling design (Furu K, BMJ April 2015)
  • Effect of Parent Training vs Parent Education on Behavioral Problems in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial (Bearss K, JAMA April 2015)
  • Distinct trajectories of separation anxiety in the preschool years: persistence at school entry and early-life associated factors (Battaglia M, J Child Psychol Psychiatry April 2015)
  • Distinct Neuropsychological Mechanisms May Explain Delayed- Versus Rapid-Onset Antidepressant Efficacy (Stuart S, Neuropsychopharmacology March 2015)
  • Efficacy and Safety of the 3-Month Formulation of Paliperidone Palmitate vs Placebo for Relapse Prevention of Schizophrenia: A Randomized Clinical Trial (Berwaerts J, JAMA Psychiatry March 2015)
And much more….

Jobs Mahi

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Events and Training Mahi takune / Whakangunu

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