An Introduction to Paediatric Mental Health 17 May 2020, University College of Osteopathy, Sunday, 17. May 2020

About the course

This one-day course will introduce practitioners to paediatric mental health, the common conditions and what to look out for.  It will also identify the relevant pathways for onward referral of patients and the legal responsibilities including consent.

Three children in every class in the U.K. have a mental health problem. Identifying and getting the right help is imperative due to the lifelong implications of little or poor management. As osteopaths we have the privilege of spending longer with our patients allowing us to identify potential problems. Many of us do not feel equipped in this important area of patient care which will be addressed by this course.

Summary of Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) covered in this course

A Communication and patient partnership -  A2, A4, A5, A7
B Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2, B3,B4
C Safety and Quality in Practice - C4
D Professionalism - D2, D10

Communication and consent -1.0hrs

The course will cover discussing how to apply and obtain consent from someone under 16, when and how to apply Gillick Competence, when parental consent may or may not be necessary. It will also cover the special circumstances when consent is not needed.

Learning outcomes

Understand the legal framework including safe guarding

Understand your role as an osteopath

Who, when and where to refer cases onward

Common paediatric mental health problems and key points to help you identify them

Practical approach to the management of the paediatric patient who has a mental health diagnosis from an MSK view point

Case based discussion to share and broaden knowledge

Course suitability

This course is suitable for all manual therapists


09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-09:45 Introduction and outline of the day
09:45-10:45 Safeguarding, communication and consent
10.45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 The common mental health presentations, how they are managed within the NHS
12.30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-17:00 Case based presentations including group discussions, the osteopathic approach, when to refer, treatment modifications, the current evidence-base for intervention.
17:00-17:30 Reflection and questions

About the course leader

Samantha Fennell qualified from the UCO before starting her journey in the specialist area of paediatric osteopathy where she continues to lecture in this subject both in the UK and Europe, delivering an evidence-based approach to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Currently course leader for the UCO Post Graduate Certificate in specialist paediatric osteopathic practice, Samantha combines her love of teaching with private practice.

Cancellation policy
The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.

An Introduction to Paediatric Mental Health 17 May 2020

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