Who works in CAMHS?
Many different types of professionals work together in CAMHS.
With CAMHS professionals, their aim is to:
- Assess what might be causing mental health difficulties
- Offer support, treatment and ideas about how to make things better.
TO FIND YOUR LOCAL CAMHS SERVICE:
- speak to your GP who can refer you
- visit NHS Choices - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and search for services in your area
Every CAMHS team will be slightly different, but you may meet some of the following:
Psychologists help families and children understand difficulties in their lives by exploring how they affect thinking, behaviour, emotions and physical health. Psychologists can also complete assessments which look at memory, concentration, attention and other thinking skills.
Psychotherapists work with individuals or families to talk through their difficulties and help them understand what might be causing them. With younger children this could involve play.
Family therapists assist family members to express and explore difficult thoughts safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and lives.
Child and adolescent psychiatrists
Psychiatrists are medically trained and as well as working with children and families to think about what might be causing difficulties, they can diagnose mental illness and prescribe medication.
Nurses working in CAMHS are trained to care for and support young people. They can prescribe medication.
Social workers in CAMHS teams help support therapeutic work with families who are referred to the CAMHS team.
You may meet other professionals too, and if you are offered an appointment with anyone at CAMHS and don’t know what their job is, it is OK to ask.