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Introduction to CAMHS and the family therapy team approach

Clip from the new Oxleas DVD Therapeutic Responses to Families in Crisis, adapted from the BBC television documentary called I hate Mum.

Narrator: With Adam’s behaviour becoming more extreme, their GP has referred them to a specialist NHS unit. Greenwich CAMHS, in south London, is part of the national network of child and adolescent mental health services. For the next 4 months the Ayliffes will attend the family therapy clinic here.

Pete (family therapist): Well when families are in a crisis situation, they are often very worn down and feeling a bit battered and I think one of the first things we need to do is create a space where we can talk about the issues without blaming anybody in particular.

Narrator: Clinical Psychologist, Melissa Aitken, will run the sessions for Adam and his family; but she’s part of a much bigger team of therapists. They will observe the Ayliffe’s behaviour from behind a two-way mirror to try and understand how relationships in the family work.

Therapists behind mirror: Alison: well, Dad got in their quick didn’t he. Very good.

Gill: Good. Well done Dad.