The different child mental health professionals in team usually
- child and adolescent psychiatrists – they are
medically qualified doctors who specialise in working with young
people with mental health problems and their families.
- clinical psychologists – they can assess and
help with children’s psychological functioning, emotional wellbeing
- child psychotherapists - they are trained
therapists who work with children helping to deal with their
emotional and mental health problems
- family therapists - they are trained
therapists who work with children and their families together, to
help them understand and manage the difficulties that are happening
in their lives.
- social workers - they are trained to help
children and families needing extra support or help to keep them
- mental health practitioners - they are usually
trained in mental health and help in the assessment (understanding)
and management of emotional, behavioural and mental health
Some teams can have other professionals like
paediatricians, educational psychologists, art therapists, and
speech and language therapists.
All CAMHS professionals are trained and
experienced in working with young people with mental health
problems. They may also have some specialist skills, which they may
use for specific conditions or treatments.
deal with a wide range of mental health problems including all
those addressed in this series of leaflets and many more.
Many children and young people are troubled by
emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems. These can cause
worry and distress both to themselves and to those who care for
A large part of CAMHS professionals’ work is
- identify the problem
- understand the causes
- advise about what may help.
Child psychiatrists are the only CAMHS
professionals who can prescribe medication if it is needed.
Sometimes specially trained CAMHS nurses may prescribe for some
illnesses (e.g. like ADHD). Other CAMHS professionals, for example,
child psychotherapists, psychologists and family therapists are
particularly skilled in providing talking therapies of different
Most of the work that they do with children,
young people and their families is done through out-patient
appointments, while the young person continues to live at home.
CAMHS professionals are sometimes asked to
provide expert opinion to the courts about child welfare
How can I be seen in
Your GP, health visitor, paediatrician, school
doctor or nurse, educational psychologist, SENCO in school, or
social worker will be able to discuss any concerns and arrange for
an appointment in a CAMHS clinic, if necessary.