CAMHS Interview

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SamXO
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CAMHS Interview

Post by SamXO » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:41 pm

Hello,
I (like many others here) am an aspiring CP. I made the decision a few months ago to stop focusing on getting onto the doctorate.. it'll happen when it happens and until then I need to ENJOY the experience I am gaining. I worked as a support worker for people with dementia for six months before becoming a CSW at a ATU for people with LD. I enjoy this job but I have done it for nearly a year now and I want to continue gaining as much experience as I can in different areas and working with as many different people as I can, I learn so much from the staff and the service users :).

I recently applied for a 'specialist community CAMHS assistant' role and got offered an interview! Im so excited and I was just hoping for some..ANY advice that will help me get this job as I think it'll be the perfect next step. Ive always had an interest in CAMHS and I know that it isn't little young 'uns and im not in for an easy journey if I get the job but im looking forward to the challenge. I have thoroughly researched the crisis service that ill be working with as well as the NHS trust ill be working with. Any other advice, hints, tips please?

Thanks a bunch,
Sam

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Re: CAMHS Interview

Post by lakeland » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:19 am

Read up on the NHS 10 year plan as there's a section on child mental health.

Think about a difficult situation you've worked with - there'll be lots of risk in a CAMHS Crisis team so they're likely to ask you about how you've managed a risky situation.

Also think about your own resilience and what support you might need in difficult situations.

Sounds like an interesting role, good luck!

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Re: CAMHS Interview

Post by jaxdawn » Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:16 pm

I would recommend looking at safeguarding policies and frameworks (I.e Child Protection).

Also, in a crisis service being creative with engagement is key so if you have some examples of when you've worked creatively with a service user would be great!

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Re: CAMHS Interview

Post by miriam » Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:02 am

What good looks like in psychological services for children, young people and their families was a recent BPS publication that is available free from the BPS shop with lots of information about the delivery of children's psychological services. I know because I was lead author for chapter 9 on children with high social care needs.
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Re: CAMHS Interview

Post by SamXO » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:57 pm

miriam wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:02 am
What good looks like in psychological services for children, young people and their families was a recent BPS publication that is available free from the BPS shop with lots of information about the delivery of children's psychological services. I know because I was lead author for chapter 9 on children with high social care needs.
Hi Miriam,
Thanks so much for your response.
Ive trawled the BPS website and can't find the publication you recommended and I'd love to read it. Could I possibly ask you to post a link which I could follow? I would appreciate it very much.

Thanks,
Sam

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Re: CAMHS Interview

Post by SamXO » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:59 pm

lakeland wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:19 am
Read up on the NHS 10 year plan as there's a section on child mental health.

Think about a difficult situation you've worked with - there'll be lots of risk in a CAMHS Crisis team so they're likely to ask you about how you've managed a risky situation.

Also think about your own resilience and what support you might need in difficult situations.

Sounds like an interesting role, good luck!
Thanks very much. Im looking forward to reading the 10 year plan.
I work with very challenging behaviours, im sure I can find an example that would show how I deal with those behaviours and also one that wouldn't be very far from the sort of behaviours that children and young adults in crisis present.

Thanks for the advice,
Sam

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Re: CAMHS Interview

Post by maven » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:20 pm

SamXO wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:57 pm
miriam wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:02 am
What good looks like in psychological services for children, young people and their families was a recent BPS publication that is available free from the BPS shop with lots of information about the delivery of children's psychological services. I know because I was lead author for chapter 9 on children with high social care needs.
Hi Miriam,
Thanks so much for your response.
Ive trawled the BPS website and can't find the publication you recommended and I'd love to read it. Could I possibly ask you to post a link which I could follow? I would appreciate it very much.

Thanks,
Sam
Top hit on google for BPS shop + what good looks like: https://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/ch ... -2015.html
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