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FICAPS 10th Annual Conference: Transition

Monday 15th October 2018 at BPS Offices, London

Adolescence is a time of change; growth of brain and body, a developing sense of self, a shift from family to friends and a progression through childhood to adult independence. As a distinct developmental stage it brings inherent opportunities and challenges, and is the most common time for mental health difficulties to begin. During this period of flux, admission to inpatient mental health facilities delivers even more change; transition from community to ward-care, transition to adult services and transition out of hospital again. In staff teams, occupying multiple roles is familiar to most and moving between these can be tricky; balancing different approaches and styles; trying to honour the same values when the activities are quite different. In its 70th year, the NHS itself has endured more change than most could envisage possible, transitioning from one strategy to another, with little space for stability. For our 10th national conference, we have convened a range of key note presentations and workshops to explore psychological perspectives on transition in a range of forms; bringing together insights from research, lived experience, evidence-based approaches and clinical practice.

FICAPS, the Forum for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Services, was formed back in 2002 in recognition of the need for Applied Psychologists working in CAMHS inpatient units to have an established professional network. We all know that despite the inherent teamwork required by our jobs, it often feels like we are professionally very isolated in what is a very specialised job.

FICAPS is one of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology's Children and Young People Faculty Networks and provides a forum to:

  • Enable the peer supervision of members
  • Share ideas and best practise within the network
  • Identify and delivers to members' training needs
  • Discuss relevant ethical and professional issues faced by members

Who is this conference intended for?

For all Clinical Psychologists (including Assistants and Trainees) working in or with Inpatient CAMHS

Conference Programme

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Presentation Downloads

Dr Paul Abeles Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Galaxy House, Royal Manchester Children%u2019s Hospital

Professor Deborah Christie Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology Consultant Clinical
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Dr Nicholas Barnes Speciality Doctor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Greenwich CAMHS.

Dr Claire Salmond, Clinical Psychologist, Godden Green Hospital

Dr Sam Hartley Clinical Psychologist, Horizon Unit NIHR Clinical Lecturer, University of Manchester.

Dr Rosie Jones, Clinical Psychologist, Brunel Ward, Priory Hospital Bristol
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Aphra Luchesa Smith
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Michelle Long, Expert by experience

Jayne Harris, Expert by experience

Dr James McParland and Dr Lucy Casdagli, Clinical Psychologists, University College London NHS Hospital Trust.

Dr Dave Harper Reader in Clinical Psychology at UEL and Programme Director (Academic).

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Monday 15th October 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.
The full conference programme can be downloaded higher up the event page.

09:15Registration and Refreshments
09:45Conference Welcome, Paul Abeles, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
09:50Professor Deborah Christie - Transitions in Adolescence
10:40Dr Nicholas Barnes - CAT and a relational approach to Transition
11:20Refreshment Break
11:50Dr Nicholas Barnes & Jon Hall - Workshop: Applying CAT to Inpatient CAMHS Transitions
12:30Parallel Session
14:00Parallel Session
15:00Refreshment Break
15:15Dr Dave Harper - Making the Transition beyond functional psychiatric diagnosis: The Power-Threat-Meaning framework as an alternative approach to understanding distress
16:30Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Paul Abeles

Dr Paul Abeles is a consultant clinical psychologist at Galaxy House, specialising in Child Neurodevelopmental problems, Eating Disorders and complex psychosomatic problems. He also works into the regional RMCH Paediatric Clinical Psychology service (lead for Cleft Lip and Palate) and Social Communication services and is the clinical lead for RMCH’s CFS/ME service. His research experience includes anxiety, visuospatial Working Memory, Inpatient-CAMHS dependency measurement, computerised CBT for depression and E-health treatments for CFS/ME.

Dr Nick Barnes

Nick Barnes is a Young People's Psychiatrist who has worked in London for over 15 years within CAMHS services. He trained as a cognitive analytic therapist on the North London Training Programme, is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, and has over 20 years of experience of working in the voluntary youth sector movement. He is also the strategic lead for a Department of Health funded peer mentoring programme in London, looking to build emotional resilience in children and young people in schools and community settings

Nick has spent much of his time looking to find ways of working that are both meaningful and engaging for the young person (and/or their parents) – working where young people are at, rather than where services might want them to be at. As a result, Nick has found the use of Cognitive Analytic Theory and Therapy skills to be invaluable when seeking to work with young people, and is very much of the view, that if we are to truly address the difficulties that can arise around transition, then our focus needs to be less on just mental health, but rather on relational mental health - maintaining the stance that "it's all about relationships".

Dr Lucy Casdagli

Dr Lucy Casdagli is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology Department at University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 2010. She works with children, young people and their families who are facing the challenges of living with a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, chronic fatigue and medically unexplained symptoms. She has a particular interest in using narrative ideas and systemic ways of working to help these young people get their life back on track.

Professor Deborah Christie

Deborah Christie is Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology and Consultant clinical psychologist/clinical lead for paediatric and adolescent psychological services at University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust. Prof Christie was awarded a Ph.D in neurobiology from UCL. She was a Fulbright Scholar, an MRC research fellow (University of Oxford) and Leukaemia Research Fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

She has a passion for working with young people searching for ways to live with chronic illness. She is an international presenter and trainer in motivational and solution focused therapies and works with multidisciplinary teams to help them engage and communicate effectively with children, young people and families living with chronic illness and managing complexity.

She’s published over 100 peer reviewed papers and chapters and is co-editor of the bestselling Psychosocial aspects of diabetes in children, adolescents and families. She is currently Co-Editor in Chief of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Research interests include neuropsychological outcomes in children and adolescent survivors of meningitis, quality of life measures in chronic illness, and the development of effective multidisciplinary interventions for diabetes and obesity in children.

Jon Hall

Jon Hall is a Nordoff-Robbins trained music therapist, music producer and founder of Outsider Music. After training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, Jon went on to be a successful artist, song writer and record producer. Jon brings his skills as music therapist, music producer and musician, working with clients with mental health issues, brain injury and learning disabilities.

Jon is currently working on ‘Music and Co production’ a community arts project for the Mental Health Trust in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.


Dr Dave Harper

Dave Harper is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London where he is the Programme Director (Academic) of the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Prior to moving to UEL in 2000 David worked as a clinical psychologist in NHS mental health services in the North West for nine years. He co-edited Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy (Wiley, 2012) and co-authored both Deconstructing Psychopathology (Sage, 1995) and Psychology, Mental Health and Distress (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) – the latter won a BPS book award in 2014. He worked in a sessional capacity in a systemic family therapy service in Newham, East London from 2002 to 2014. He was a contributor to the BPS Understanding Psychosis report (2014) and a member of the small editorial team which produced a revised version (2017) following criticism that it failed to adequately address issues of ‘race’ and culture. He was a member of the project team which produced the Power-Threat-Meaning framework under the editorial leadership of Lucy Johnstone and Mary Boyle.

Dr Samantha Hartley

Samantha Hartley is based at the Hope and Horizon Adolescent Inpatient Units and is part of the Pennine Care Young People's Mental Health Research Unit; developing and delivering projects in collaboration with academic partners and public involvement. Dr Hartley currently holds a HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Clinical Lectureship with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester. This funds a programme of work with the ultimate aim of developing interventions to support effective therapeutic relationships.

Dr Rosie Jones

Dr Rosie Jones trained at Bangor University, North Wales. Her experience includes being a Clinical Psychologist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children in the paediatric and adolescent oncology and haematology departments and for Barnardos, working in Christchurch New Zealand in a residence for adolescent males who had engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. Rosie is currently Clinical Psychologist on Tier 4 CAMHS ward, Bristol and trained in ACT (DNA-V for adolescents) and DDP level 2.

Dr James McParland

Dr James McParland is a Clinical Psychologist currently working in the Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology Department at University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. James works with children, young people and young adults who are receiving treatment through the oncology service at the hospital. He also works with young people who are living with other chronic health conditions. He is interested in exploring the power of narratives, the influence of context and development across the lifespan. He tweets @jamescmcparland.

Dr Claire Salmond

Dr Claire Salmond, Prinicipal Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Cygnet Hospital Godden Green.

Claire has been working in adolescent inpatient services for nearly ten years and is currently lead psychologist for the CAMHS wards at Godden Green (an acute inpatient ward and a step down ward). Prior to her clinical training, Claire led the neuropsychological research program in adults and children with acute brain injury at the University of Cambridge.


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