Working with Young People with Complex Mental Health Issues: Adolescent Intervention


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THURS 23 MAY 2019

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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM AEST



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About the Webinar

This webinar will include a facilitated interdisciplinary panel discussion, based on a case study, which will be used to explore a new intervention for working with young people with complex mental health issues, including personality disorder, trauma history, self-harm and suicidal behaviour and difficulties with affect, identity and relationships.

Pre-reading material:

Schools Project Webinar Case Study_Britney

About the Presenters

Professor Brin Grenyer is Director of the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders, in partnership with NSW Health. He was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Borderline Personality Disorder Guideline Development Committee, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Advisory Group for a Consumer Guide on Borderline Personality Disorder, and the SANE Australia Advisory Committee for the National Mental Health Commission on the needs of Australians living with personality disorders. He is on the Editorial Boards of Psychotherapy Research and Personality and Mental Health, and is active in clinical practice and research through Northfields Psychology Clinic.

John Deane is a Registered Psychologist with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District who has a long experience of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services as a Clinician and Community Mental Health Drug & Alcohol as a Manager. John now works as the District Clinical Leader for School Link and Got It! based in Wagga Wagga. John has a farming background and maintains a research interest in the mental health of children and young people in rural and remote areas. Especially in relation to the impact of severe drought. He has published around these issues. John’s current role takes him across the considerable area of the Riverina Murray Region. Much of John’s work includes providing clinical advice to CAMHS Clinicians, School Counsellors and Psychologists, and workers with other organisations. John also works with schools to implement social and emotional programs that build resilience for young people. 

Heidi Page is a registered psychologist based in the Illawarra. She has over 20 years’ experience in public education as both a teacher and school counsellor. Heidi has worked in many school settings across rural, regional and metropolitan NSW and was previously employed as Guidance Officer in Queensland. Heidi is passionate about building strong, positive relationships within the school community.  In her current school setting, Heidi works frequently with young people who present with complex mental health conditions. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a NSW Education Standards Authority Accredited Teacher.

Esther Creagh is a psychologist. She has been working at the Child Adolecent Youth Mental Health Service (CAYMHS) for several years. That role encompass assessing and working therapeutically with children and adolescents with significant mental health difficulties. Esther really likes to work collaboratively with families, GP's, schools, pediatricians and psychiatrists to create a holistic care team for a young person which she feels is often a cornerstone for highly supportive effective treatments. Prior to working at CAYMHS Esther came from the private sector working with adults and had also spent some time working with Autistic Children. She likes having a lot of tools in her toolkit and consequently has pursued trained in a number of treatment modalities for different conditions including, CBT, ACT, DBT, CBT-E, FBT (Also called Maudsley Based Family Therapy), Open Dialogue and most recently Temperament Based Therapy with Supports. Esther has an interest in attachment, trauma and reparative parenting and work hard to include families and supports in every treatment modality for every condition.

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