Seminar: What does mental health mean for children and families?


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Smithton Church
Murray Road, Inverness, Highland, IV2 7YU
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1-day Seminar Event – What does mental health mean for children and families?

This one-day seminar aims to bring together knowledge and experience in relation to mental health issues affecting adults and children/young people. The event aims to help practitioners better understand different mental health issues and disorders and the impact these can have on families and individuals. Practitioners will have an opportunity to consider their responses and how we can work most effectively in partnership with children, young people and parents/carers.

The morning session – ‘Mental Health Awareness: (Don’t) Always Read the Label’ –  will be delivered by Euan Williamson, Forensic Mental Health Officer and Susie Redmond, Forensic Mental Health Office Practice Lead. The Highland Forensic Service look forward to introducing you to key concepts of mental health legislation before reflecting on different symptoms, presentations and treatment options of a range of mental disorders.

The afternoon session – ‘Seeing and understanding’ – will be delivered by Dr Wendy van Riet, Service Manager/ Lead Consultant Clinical psychologist. This session aims to increase understanding about:

  • How children and young people show their mental health difficulties
  • How to understand their presentations in a trauma informed manner
  • The support that might be most helpful for the children and young people in distress
  • How to bring trauma informed practice to our day to day job

NB: Delegates are asked to attend the whole day.

Format: The seminar will be delivered through a combination of presentation and interactive ‘workshop’ based learning

Who is it for?Anyone working directly with children, young people and family members (including adult services). This seminar may be particularly useful for Social Workers, Health Visitors, Family Nurse Partnership, GPs, Maternity Staff, Early Years Practitioners, Children’s Service Workers, Youth Action Teams, Head Teachers, Depute Head Teachers, Guidance staff and Third Sector Organisations working with children and families (including those working in adult services). It is likely that places will be taken up quickly, however, further dates will be added shortly. Please note, tickets are limited to one per person.

NB: A light lunch will be provided. Please advise us of any dietary needs at least 7 days before event taking place. We can only accommodate dietary needs rather than preferences. However, you are welcome to bring along your own lunch if preferred.

VC Facilities – Unfortunately we are unable to offer VC on this occasion. However, further dates will be added in order that areas can attend this event via VC.


Bookings are closed for this event.