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FICAPS Conference 2017: Inpatient CAMHS: Surviving and thriving relationships

Thursday 11th May 2017 at Hilton Manchester Deansgate

An inpatient CAMHS unit should contain an atmosphere of trust, within which staff members feel able to challenge each other and talk openly. No doubt most of us would agree with this but we might be more unsure about how to get there within the contexts we find ourselves. How do we ensure we survive the conflicts and strain of team working while making it work for us and the people we seek to support in a way that is in line with our values? The 2017 FICAPS conference will bring together practitioners’ presentations with workshops to explore the factors associated with helpful/unhelpful team working and potential intervention strategies. We will also explore the promise and pitfalls of working closely with young people and their families and how to develop and manage these relationships.

Who is the conference intended for?

Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Psychologists and Qualified Psychologists would all benefit from attending this Conference.

Keynote Presentations

Magician, Cynic or Messiah? An exploration of the leadership role of clinical psychologists in multi-disciplinary teams
Antony Froggett
Intense emotional demands, unrealistic expectations and insecurity dominate many peoples' work lives in therapeutic settings. Individuals and teams can become cynical and blaming of others. Teams sometimes take on the dynamics of the clients and families with whom they work. What is the role of the clinical psychologist in this environment? What difference can s/he make? There are pulls to dramatic solutions - to grandiosity (transforming services to be leaner and fitter), to heroic resistance (fighting behalf of vulnerable clients) or to withdrawal (retreating to training or academic roles). What does good leadership look like in these circumstances? This talk explores various management strategies and looks at why they inevitably fail. It asks us to look again at the nature of failure and to consider whether it might hold the key to being an effective psychologist.

AMBIT and the well-connected inpatient camhs team: creating the conditions for help using a mentalization-based approach
Liz Cracknell & Dr James Fairburn
AMBIT is a mentalization-based approach to work with young people with complex, risky problems who have a poor relationship to help. The approach seeks to help workers and teams create the best possible conditions for therapy/care by applying mentalizing theory to four areas: Working with your Team, Working with your Client, Working with your Networks and Learning at Work. The workshop will introduce AMBIT and present a case example of its use in an adolescent inpatient setting in Cambridgeshire. Group activities will focus on “Working with your Team”, exploring the impact of the often high-stress context of inpatient settings on workers’ capacity to mentalize , and giving participants the opportunity to practice AMBIT techniques aimed at helping workers to remain “well-connected” to the wider team and creating a culture in which workers take responsibility for stimulating and supporting colleagues’ mentalizing.

Call for Papers

Submissions are now open!

We invite authors to submit abstracts of up to 250 words for oral and workshop presentations. To focus the conference programme, we have chosen the broad-ranging theme of relationships with professionals, young people and carers in inpatient CAMHS. However we would be interested in you presenting any aspect of your work as an Inpatient CAMHS Clinical Psychologist, or related research, or delivering a more skills-based workshop.

Abstracts can be submitted through the BPS Submission System and further details and guidance can be found on the FICAPS Submission Policy.

The deadline for submissions is 23.59 on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Registration for this event is now open, delegate fees can be found on the event booking page.

Please note, this event will be credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking, in certain circumstances we may be able to accept bookings with invoice requests. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Thursday 11th May 2017

Please note this is a provisional programme and subject to change.

09:45Antony Froggett: Magician, Cynic or Messiah? An exploration of the leadership role of clinical psychologists in multi-disciplinary teams
10:45Refreshments & Networking
11:00FICAPS workshops – submissions invited
12:30Lunch & Networking
13:15Liz Cracknell & Dr James Fairburn: AMBIT and the well-connected inpatient camhs team: creating the conditions for help using a mentalization-based approach
16:15Plenary Session
16:30Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Liz Cracknell

Keynote Speaker
Liz Cracknell is Project Co-Lead for Adolescent Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Liz is also a Registered Mental Nurse and Systemic Practitioner. She is Team Manager at Clare Lodge, a welfare-only Secure Children's Home for girls aged 10-17 within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

James Fairbairn

Keynote Speaker
James Fairbairn is a clinical psychologist working at the Darwin centre for young people, a Tier 4 adolescent in-patient unit in Cambridge. The Darwin centre adopted an AMBIT approach 4 years ago and James has been an AMBIT lead within the service.

James works as an assistant AMBIT trainer for the Anna Freud centre and has a specialist interest in systemic practice and mentalization-based approaches.

Antony Froggett

Keynote Speaker
Antony Froggett is the director of Thinking Space Consultancy. He works as an organisational consultant, providing training and consultancy to managers and teams. He originally trained as a teacher, and taught for 10 years in this country and abroad, before becoming a student counsellor and then an adult psychotherapist in the NHS. He is a training analyst and supervisor with the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) and was previously the director of training for the IGA qualifying course in Manchester. He graduated from the Tavistock Clinic Masters course Psychoanalysis and the Organisation in 2006. He is an accredited Balint Group leader and has ran several groups for GPs over a period of 15 years. He was the module lead for Consulting to Teams and Organisations and Leadership and Service Development on the KUF MSc in Personality Disorder. He is employed as a senior lecturer by the University of Birmingham for the MSc. in Healthcare Leadership which is part of the NHS Leadership Academy training for managers and senior clinicians in the NHS. He has written a chapter on Leadership for the new edition of the Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy which will be published later this year. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany, where he lives with wife and two children.


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