About this event

  • Date and time Tue 14 May 2019 from 8:30am to 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Psychiatry

This conference brings together medical and educational professionals to provide better care for school children and young people with mental health needs.

It will explore the views of professionals, parents and young people in the context of the recent government initiative: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision - a Green Paper (2017).

One in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19 year olds have at least one mental disorder according to a 2017 NHS survey. Many of these vulnerable children are hard to identify or treat in a clinical setting, but could benefit from an intervention in a safe and familiar environment, such as school.

This event will act as a forum for discussion around how health and education can effectively collaborate.

Teacher rates are available under the Non-member tab below.

Topics include: 

  • Evidenced-based interventions specifically developed to address mental health in vulnerable students
  • Interventions for depression, anxiety, addiction, self-harm and conduct disorders
  • Aspirational thinking about meeting the needs of students with externalising problems, refugees and asylum seekers, SEND, and other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To enable a discussion where teachers, parents, pupils, mental health charities and policy-makers can contribute, highlight and question how health and education can effectively collaborate

Straight after this event there is an optional dinner with a drinks reception and a delicious meal available for anyone to attend and network at. The dress code is smart/casual and only £50 to attend! Please book the optional dinner upon checkout. 

There is a follow-on event to this on the 5th June - Mental health interventions in schools workshop - the workshop will highlight the practicalities of interventions on offer and discuss implementation methods with educational providers, teachers, medical professionals and parents wishing to provide better care for school children and young people with mental health needs.


We would like to thank our sponsor(s):

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Helen Hamlyn Trust, Marylin and Johnathan Trust, Maudsley Charity and SLaM

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, South London The Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and King’s College London, School Governor Leathersellers Federation

Opening address

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

The challenges faced by teachers and students in schools today

Dr Patrick Johnston, Teacher and Director of Learning and Practice, Place2Be

Mental health services in schools

Mr Jonathan Marron, Director General, Department of Health and Social Care

The Adolescent Brain

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

Questions and answers
Round table discussion: Challenges faced by teachers and young people in schools

Chair: Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen

Teacher: Mrs Emma Pattison, Head teacher, Croydon High School 
Governor: Mrs Kate Ward, Leatherseller’s Federation
Young People from MQ advisory board

Tea and coffee break
Teacher’s experiences and outcomes from the STARS randomised trial of the Incredible Years Classroom Management course

Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Exeter

Inattention, impulsiveness and rigidity in children: Neurodevelopmental problems in classrooms

Professor Eric Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, King’s College London

Identifying and tackling adolescent depression in schools

Professor Shirley Reynolds, Director of the Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading

Developing the evidence base for complex school-based mental health programmes

Dr Jessica Deighton, Associate Professor, Child Mental Health and Wellbeing at University College London, Head of Resilience Research and Evaluation, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Deputy Director, Evidence Based Practice Unit

Questions and answers
Round table discussion: Meeting young people's emotional and behavioural needs in schools

Chair: Dr Valeria Mondelli, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London, President, Psychiatry Section Council, Royal Society of Medicine

Teachers: Mr David Sheppard (Executive Head, Leatherseller's Federation) and Ms Paula Ledger (Head Teacher, Prendergast School)
Young People from Charlie Waller Youth Advisory board

How can schools tackle mental health difficulties associated with bullying?

Professor Louise Arseneault, Professor of Developmental Psychology, King’s College London 

Selective alcohol and drug prevention: Targeting personality risk factors for substance misuse

Professor Patricia Conrod, Chair of Social Paediatrics and Professor of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal

Tea and coffee break
CAMHS and Schools: A new way of working

Dr Mina Fazel, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University

How can we support children with speech language and social communication difficulties in mainstream schools?

Mr Bob Reitemeier CBE, Chief Executive, ICAN 

Questions and answers
Round table discussion: Supporting young people with complex needs

Chair: Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen

SEND Teaching Professional: Ms Peggy Walpole MBE (former Head Teacher, The Paddock School)
Parent: Ms Nicola Hunt
Young People from Charlie Waller Youth Advisory board

Debate: This house believes early intervention for children’s mental health should be prioritised over later intervention

Chair: Professor Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine 

For: Ms Catherine Roche, CEO, Place2Be

Against: Professor Stephen Scott, Professor of Child Health and Behaviour, King’s College London

Closing Address

Dr Valeria Mondelli

Section AGM -All section members invited

Optional dinner

Drinks reception
Short ceremony for the award of the Psychiatry Section's Research Prize for Psychiatry Trainees
Pre-Dinner speech



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