What to expect

The first visit to the clinic will generally be for an Initial Consultation. This will usually involve two clinicians and aims to develop a clear plan on where to from here.  Children, young people and families/carers can expect some feedback at the end of the meeting and an agreed plan which may include more detailed assessment sessions, ongoing treatment with CYMHS or referral to a more appropriate service. If continuing with CYMHS, one of the clinicians undertaking the initial consultation will be allocated as the mental health case manager and will be responsible for coordinating care during the episode of care with CYMHS.

Assessment and Treatment

Individual Recovery Plans

An Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) will be developed over the next few weeks. 

All CYMHS clients are involved in developing an Individual Recovery Plans (IRPs) – these are agreements between clients and their Clinical Case Managers about the areas of concern, our shared understanding of these concerns, diagnosis, and the range of interventions agreed on.

IRP’s are developed in conjunction with the child, adolescent, young adult, family and significant others and are reviewed regularly with the allocated mental health case manager

The decision to choose a particular evidence based treatment is usually determined by the type of mental health problem being experienced but may include or be a combination of the following:

  • Individual therapies
  • Family therapies,  including reflective family therapy sessions, family meetings, Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Anorexia Nervosa, Multi Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (MFT-AN), parent sessions
  • Group therapies
  • Psycho-education
  • Specialised assessments – including Speech Pathology, Neuropsychology, Cognitive, Occupational Therapy
  • Medication
  • Inpatient treatment