What are Therapies?

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The CYP IAPT programme offers training to services in several different evidence based therapies. These aim to help children and young people deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes. They can help children and young people who are feeling distressed by difficult events in their lives as well as those with a mental health problem.

At the beginning of the project, the Department of Health got together with young people and professionals to think about what training should be created first. The decision was based on three questions :

  1. Which problems do children and young people experience most often?
  2. Which treatments have the best evidence for these problems?
  3. Where are the biggest skills gaps for the evidence based therapies to treat the most common problems?

As a result, during Year One and Year Two CYP IAPT professionals were given training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Parenting Therapy for conduct problems for 3-10 year olds.   In Year Three we expect to be training them in Interpersonal Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy.

However these are not the only therapies available and if you are using a service they may not be the ones that suit you best. Your therapist should work with you (and often the person or people who look after you) to choose the therapy that will be most helpful. You should be involved in this choice.

CYP IAPT Therapies

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Learning and practising new ways of thinking and behaving to make life easier for you and others. More info.

Parenting Training

Help and practical advice for parents and carers on how to change their own and their child’s behaviour. Read more.

Interpersonal Therapy

Talking about key issues in your relationship and agreeing ways forward. More info.

Systemic Family Therapy

Helping families work together to find new solutions that work for them. Read more.

The information above links to ‘Choosing What’s Best For You‘  a website developed to give children and young people more knowledge about types of help when they are mentally or emotionally unwell. It was developed by The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Evidence Based Practice Unit.

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