Assessment and management of depression and bipolar disorders in children and young people
Presenters: Dr Rob McAlpine MA, Dip Ed, Phd, MAPS & Anthony Hillin B Soc Stud (SW), M Adol MH
This workshop uses two trainers and a limited number of participants to provide a two-day intensive skill development opportunity.
Disorders of mood are one of the most common psychological disorders in children and adolescents. These disorders tend to be chronic, recurrent and incapacitating, impacting on the here-and-now, but also having significant implications for the future development of the young person. Adults who had mood disorders during childhood or adolescence are more likely to be socially and occupationally impaired, to have a poorer quality of life and greater medical and psychiatric morbidity, and are more likely to commit suicide than adults without these disorders during their younger years. Mood disorders in children and adolescents are often unrecognised and commonly remain untreated.
Mood disorders often co-occur with other mental disorders or trauma and as a result are easily overlooked, particularly when co-occurring with externalising disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder because parents and teachers tend to focus on the behaviours that cause most disruption more than they focus on unhappiness and on children and adolescents who are quietly withdrawn.
Early intervention and effective treatment can reduce the impact of mood disorders on social and academic functioning, and on the family, and may reduce the risk for suicide, non-suicidal self injury, substance use, and the persistence of depressive disorders into adulthood (AACAP 2007; Lawrence et al 2015; NICE 2015; Robinson et al 2016).
Who should attend
This course is designed for clinicians, including psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, GPs, occupational therapists and other staff working in education, health, youth justice, child protection and other contexts.
During the workshop you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in:
- identification of depression and bipolar disorder in children and young people
- a developmental perspective on normal and abnormal low mood in children and young people
- a structured and comprehensive holistic approach to assessment of mood disorders in children and young people
- exploration of predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating and protective factors for mood disorders in children and young people
- collaborative development of an overt formulation that is meaningful for the young person and their family
- intervention approaches for mood disorders in children and young people
- personalise holistic intervention planning accordingto individual client needs and circumstances
- implementing appropriate psycho-education for young people, parents/carers and teachers
- advocacy for young people with mood disorders with other professionals, including teachers
- use of a range of clinical tools in managing mood disorders in children and young people
The workshop provides:
- a brief introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A), an evidence-based treatment for depression
- an introduction to, and skills practice for, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy for Adolescents (IPSRT-A), an evidence-based intervention for bipolar disorder
A range of learning activities are used including case discussions, demonstrations of clinical techniques, skills practice activities, and didactic presentations.
Day 1 – Assessment of mood disorders
- Overview of mood disorders in children and young people
- Holistic assessment and formulation, differential diagnosis and extended skills practice
Day 2 – Management of mood disorders
- Interventions for mood disorders in children and young people including:
- Stepped care
- Brief introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents with depression and bipolar disorder
- Introduction to, and skills practice for, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy for Adolescents with bipolar disorder
- Development of resilience as a means to reduce the impact of mood disorder on functioning.
About the Presenters
Dr Rob McAlpine MA, Dip Ed, Phd, MAPS is a clinical psychologist and has extensive experience working with adolescents. Rob’s PhD is on the relationship between stress, depression and anxiety how these are mediated by interpersonal skills. Rob worked for many years as a counsellor in public schools.
Anthony Hillin B Soc Stud (SW), M Adol MH has over 25 yrs experience working on adolescent issues, as a clinician, trainer and manager of a child and adolescent mental health service. His training and consulting has been commissioned by over 100 agencies in the UK, USA and India. Anthony’s work spans a range of issues including grief and loss, sexuality, experiential learning and team building. Anthony co-developed and delivered the NSW Aboriginal Grief and Loss Training Program.
For 15 years Rob and Anthony have developed and delivered Australia’s most comprehensive interagency training program in adolescent mental health, initially for the NSW School-Link Training Program and currently for the Queensland Ed-LinQ initiative. Anthony & Rob have jointly delivered a suite of five courses in adolescent depression, anxiety and related disorders to over 3,000 adolescent mental health clinicians, school and TAFE psychologists. Rob and Anthony are certified trainers in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and provide teaching and consulting in the adolescent version of IPT in the USA and in Australia.
"Anthony Hillin and Rob McAlpine provide mental health training of a very high standard for Queensland Department of Health. Participant evaluation has been extremely positive with strong demand for courses across the state. Mr Hillin and Dr McApline have established a strong reputation as expert trainers in their field".
Simone Caynes PhD
Principal Policy Adviser, Queensland Mental Health Commission
"Anthony Hillin and Rob McAlpine's workshop on IPT-A is a very practical, hands-on training experience that is very well received by participants. They have presented the workshop at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry a number of times with very positive evaluations. Participants appreciate their capacity to make the course material easily comprehensible and applicable to participants' own clinical work. They have deservedly built a solid reputation in this field".
Dr Michael Bowden
Head of Medical Education, NSW Institute of Psychiatry (Australia)
“The IPT-A workshop led by Anthony Hillin and Rob McAlpine is an excellent training experience with both didactic and hands-on learning. Anth and Rob are exceptional instructors; I’ve had the opportunity to teach with them on several courses and have found them to be first-rate teachers and clinicians. I highly recommend the workshop to all interested in IPT for adolescents or in IPT generally.”
Prof Scott Stuart
Director, IPT Institute and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Iowa (USA)
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) (2007) Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with depressive disorders Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: 46: 1503-1526
Lawrence, et al (2015) The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: Report on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (Young Minds Matter) Australian Government
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2015) Depression in children and young people: Identification and management in primary, community and secondary care: guidance.nice.org.uk/cg28
Robinson J, McCutcheon L, Browne V, Witt K. (2016) Looking the other way: Youngpeople and self-harm. Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Melbourne.
Registration: Online registration requires payment by credit card. If you prefer to pay by EFT or cheque please contact the organiser (see below).
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The venue is convenient for public transport (bus and train). Free parking is available at the venue.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Colin Bisset: (02) 9523 3567, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the refund policy?
A refund is available up untill November 3, 2016. After November 3, refunds, or credits for other workshop dates, are not available but you can transfer your registration for these workshop dates to someone else provided they are part of the target audience for this workshop, ie mental health clinicians, including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychotherapists, general practitioners etc.
When & Where
Anthony Hillin, B Soc Stud, M Adol MH, has over 25 years experience as a clinician, educator, writer and consultant in child, adolescent and adult mental, emotional and social wellbeing. Anthony grew up and studied in Sydney. He worked in the UK for 17 years, initially as a social worker and senior youth worker. Anthony helped to establish and manage some of the UK’s first counselling and health promotion organisations dealing with HIV, gay and lesbian issues. He then worked for 10 years as a freelance trainer and consultant. After relocating to Australia, Anthony was employed as a counsellor with the Family Court of Australia and manager of a child and adolescent mental health service.
While based at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry for 12 years, Anthony, together with Rob McAlpine, developed Australia’s most comprehensive interagency training program in adolescent mental health for the NSW School-Link and Queensland Ed-LinQ initiatives. Anth continues to deliver a suite of courses in depression, anxiety and related disorders to over 3,000 mental health clinicians, school & TAFE psychologists, social workers and related staff. Anthony also co-developed and delivered the NSW Aboriginal Grief and Loss Training Program.
Anthony has conducted15 annual teaching tours of the UK focused on grief and loss, mental health, team building and organisational change. His training and consultancy has been commissioned by over 100 agencies in Europe, USA, India, New Zealand. Anthony is a certified trainer in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) with the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Institute and in addition to providing training in IPT in Australia and the USA also provides clinical supervision for therapists.