About child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) training for parents and carers in Teesside

Our CAMHS team on Teesside offers a range of free training session for parents and carers.

The emphasis throughout the training is on ways to improve outcomes for children and young people. The sessions are designed to be informative and interactive, participation, group work and discussion will be key learning methods used throughout.

The CAMHS training programme is tailored to all parents and carers in Teesside with a child under the age of 18 years (child does not need to be open to CAMHS), with no previous mental health knowledge; the sessions are suitable for parents and carers who wish to develop an understanding of children’s mental health issues.

The sessions aim to give a general awareness and overview of strategies, and therefore not able to provide any diagnosis or individualised intervention plans.

How to book

For further information or to book a place on one or more of the CAMHS parents and carers training sessions, please contact: TEWV.CAMHS-Training@nhs.net or 0300 013 2000 (option 1)

Courses on offer 

The core training programme for parents and carers is a rolling programme and additional dates are added where possible so if the session/s you are interested in attended is fully booked, there will be further opportunity to attend.


Training dates in June are now fully booked 

Future dates will be confirmed shortly.

Overview of course content

An introduction to mental health - risk and resilience

This half day session acts as an introduction to the subject of children’s mental health, understanding what this means and the impact on young people/families and communities.
The risk and resilience framework is introduced and explores how this can be used to improve outcomes for children/young people and their families.

An introduction to Self-harm

This session will provide an introduction to Self-harm, helping parents and carers to understand the definition and prevalence of Self-harm and the reasons young people may engage in this behaviour. Consideration will be given to factors that increase a young person’s risk of self-harming and factors that can help to increase resilience. The session will outline how to talk to and support young people engaged in self-harming behaviours and help identify which services are available for support and further information.

An introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This introductory session will provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and develop an understanding of how this disorder might present in children and young people. The impact of this disorder on young people and their families will be explored and supportive strategies and approaches discussed.

An introduction to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This session will provide an awareness of ADHD and the core symptoms that children and young people may experience. The impact of the disorder on children, young people and their families will be explored and an overview of the assessment process will be given. There will be opportunity to discuss support strategies and interventions.

An introduction to Attachment

This session will provide parents and carers with an introduction to the understanding of Attachment in children and young people. The session will explore the impact of Attachment on children’s development and consider the factors that influence both secure and insecure Attachment relationships.

An introduction to Anxiety

This session is for parents and carers that are interested in learning more about Anxiety difficulties experienced by children and young people. The session will give an overview of anxiety disorders and explore risk factors that may contribute to its development along with factors that can help increase resilience. Consideration will be given to what can help and support young people experiencing Anxiety issues and sources identifies for further information and advice.

An introduction to emotional development

This session will provide an overview of emotional development from early childhood to adolescence, including discussions around the impact of risk factors, and what can be done to promote on a child / young person’s healthy emotional development.