2018 28 11 Mind and Body course two groups with actors


Two powerful and energetic workshops completed, one to go!

Working in partnership with the Mind & Body Programme, and with the support of Dr Claire Dempster, an experienced facilitator and Family Therapist, CYPHP has developed and delivered two of its one-day Children & Young People’s Practitioners Skills Courses.

The course is open to all professionals working with children, young people, and families across health, education, and social care. It aims to promote the inter-professional care of children and young people with health and other complex needs.

Attendees on both days featured professionals from a variety of occupations across Lambeth and Southwark. This workshop aims to provide an opportunity to explore ideas and practice clinical skills in a safe and supportive environment, with the help of professional role players and experienced facilitators.

The course uses two clinical scenarios, and related information, to better understand the challenges of living with ongoing health conditions. Asthma and epilepsy were chosen as scenarios. Participants are prompted to work with the role players as they navigate the health, education, and social care system with their different health and socio-economic needs impacting on the care and treatment needed.

The work with the simulated scenarios is followed by group discussions, requiring the group to examine their own beliefs about how health outcomes are shaped by physical, emotional/behavioural, and contextual issues. There  are also opportunities for more structured learning about the interface between physical and mental health, including exploring barriers to accessing help (related for example to the stigma about accessing mental health services) and to develop further knowledge about the crucial role of social determinants of health.

Both days were a great success, helping improve skills and knowledge, and foster culture change for interprofessional working. Feedback from professionals included:

“Role plays are really useful.”

“Fab, Thank you! Excellent communicators, interesting, engaging, encouraging.”

“Practical tips on interacting with both child and parent, with mental health and physical needs.”

“It was excellent and would be useful for all health professionals.”

“Good knowledge and interactive sessions were very helpful.”

“I learnt a lot from this course that hasn’t been covered in other training courses I’ve already taken.”


There is one course left, so be sure to sign up here.



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