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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Child & Adolescent Mental Health

An In-Depth Approach to Advanced Clinical Management in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Two study days for Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists and Consultant Paediatricians

Day 1: Diagnosis and Management of Dilemmas Issues and solutions in ASD: Expert Approaches

on Tuesday 3 December 2019

Day 2: Difficult Treatment Decisions in C&A Mental Health Clinical Challenges: Expert Approaches

on Tuesday 14 January 2020

Day one

  • Identifying, differentiating and managing ADHD and OCD comorbid with ASD
  • Managing high anxiety and alexithymia in high functioning ASD
  • Identifying and responding to apparent pathological/extreme demand avoidance
  • Assessing and managing challenging behaviour in children and adolescents with ASD – the details

Day two

  • Choosing the right treatment for adolescent depression
  • Difficult decisions when adolescents self-harm
  • What to do about PANS/PANDAS?
  • When ADHD doesn’t follow NICE guidelines

Discussion forums and cases

After the AM and after the PM lectures, delegates split into two groups and attend each of the two Forums in turn. Each Forum involves detailed and interactive practical discussion and in-depth analysis of specific problematic cases in Paediatric and Child & Adolescent Psychiatric practice, in the clinic or on the wards, relating to the topics addressed in the preceding lectures.

Full course programme

Course fee

Course fee includes lunch and refreshments, and attendance CPD certificate.

Early bird rates
(if booking and paying on or
before
Mon 28 Oct 2019)

£450 (inc VAT) for the two days;
£250 (inc VAT) daily rate.

Standard rates
(if booking and paying
after Mon 28 Oct 2019)

£495 (inc VAT) for the two days;
£295 (inc VAT) daily rate.

Course director

Professor Peter Hill, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Professor Peter Hill, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Peter Hill is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with extensive training and qualifications in general medicine, psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and paediatrics. His main work nowadays is at a thriving private practice at 35 Great James Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3HB, focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders and mental illness in the young. He has previously headed departments at St George’s, University of London, (where he was foundation professor of child mental health in the University of London and is still visiting professor) and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Over the years he has advised government departments in the UK and overseas on child mental health issues, particularly service delivery. He has been a key opinion leader in ADHD for some twenty years and has written, lectured or advised on the management of ADHD nationally and internationally.

Course aim

To provide expert opinion on difficult management issues in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents (Day1) and on wider clinical issues in depression and neurodevelopmental disorders (Day 2), with a clear focus on the clinical challenges and dilemmas faced by front-line children’s clinicians when general guidance is insufficiently specific.

Furthermore, with lectures and discussion forums led by very experienced clinicians, the course aims at providing C&A psychiatrists and paediatricians with senior opinion and guidance on grey areas of clinical practice; these are areas of difficult diagnosis or the management of challenging issues and treatment decisions, the sort of issues and cases that go beyond national guidelines and present real challenges and often leading academic/clinicians with expert experience and know-how can further explore the clinical issues.

Learning outcomes for the series

By the end of the series participants will have

  • An in-depth understanding of best practice and how senior experts address these problems in terms of specific instances and cases
  • Been able to raise their own queries or uncertainties
  • Greater confidence in their own practice when faced with similar clinical dilemmas
  • Identified gaps in their own skills or knowledge which can then be addressed
  • Had an instructive and engaging educational experience

Faculty profiles

Prof Patrick Bolton BSc MA PhD MBBS FRCPsych

Prof Patrick Bolton BSc MA PhD MBBS FRCPsych

Prof Patrick Bolton BSc MA PhD MBBS FRCPsych
Patrick Bolton studied psychology and medicine at London University and Guy’s Hospital. He trained in psychiatry at St George’s Hospital, London, and in child psychiatry at the MRC Child Psychiatry Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital. After completing his training, he was appointed Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at the Institute of Psychiatry and, subsequently, Senior Lecturer at Cambridge University. In 2003, he was appointed Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the South London & Maudsley Hospital NHS trust, where he leads the National Specialist Clinical Service for children with autism spectrum and related disorders. His research has focussed on identifying the causes of autism and related disorders of social function and communication. His research is supported by awards from the MRC, Welcome Trust, NAAR, Tuberous Sclerosis Association and other research charities.

Dr Ann Ozsivadjian, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Dr Ann Ozsivadjian, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Ann Ozsivadjian is a Principal Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in a specialist complex neurodevelopmental disorders team, which provides assessments and treatments for a wide range of neurodevelopmental difficulties and co-occurring conditions. Her particular research interests and clinical specialism are mental health problems in ASD and adapting interventions for young people on the autism spectrum, and she regularly presents at conferences on these topics. She also provides training courses across the UK on the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in autism spectrum disorders. She has published a number of papers and co-authored books.

Dr Judy Eaton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director, Help for Psychology

Dr Judy Eaton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director, Help for Psychology

Dr Judy Eaton is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a member of Help Psychology, a team of clinicians specialising in autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in East Anglia and surrounding counties. In 2018, she was appointed as a Research Associate in the department of Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, working on a research project entitled ‘Behaviour and Neurocognitive Profiles in ASD with and without Extreme Demand Avoidance’. She is author of ‘A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum: Diagnosis, Intervention and Family Support’ (2017).

Dr Paul Wilkinson, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Brookside Family Consultation Service

Dr Paul Wilkinson, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Brookside Family Consultation Service

Dr Paul Wilkinson studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and undertook his postgraduate training in psychiatry in East Anglia. He was appointed University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge in 2009. Dr Wilkinson carries out research into the epidemiology and treatment of adolescent depression and self-harm; he was part of the research team for the ADAPT and IMPACT depression randomised controlled trials. Funders include NIHR, the MRC and CLAHRC. He also has a major teaching role, leading teaching in psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and being lead of the year 5 undergraduate medicine course; he teaches regularly on the treatment of paediatric depression and anxiety disorders for the British Association of Pharmacology.

Dr Osman Malik, Consultant Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatrist, Evelina London Children's Hospital

Dr Osman Malik, Consultant Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatrist, Evelina London Children's Hospital

Dr Malik trained in General Psychiatry at Imperial College/ Chairing Cross Training Scheme in London and received membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych 2008). Following that he worked as a specialty doctor at the Centre for Interventional Paediatric Psychopharmacology at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He completed higher training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Great Ormond Street and The Royal London Training Programme (2009-2012). Currently he is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at The Department of Paediatric Neurosciences at Evelina London Children's Hospital (working across several teams within Neurosciences) and at Children’s Psychological Medicine at St Thomas' Hospital. Main roles include working in: Complex Paediatric Neurodevelopmental / Neurodisability Service: (regional and national service) conducting multidisciplinary complex neurodevelopmental assessments of young people with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental, psychiatric and neurological conditions. TANDeM (Tourette and Neurodevelopmental movement disorders service): assess and manage young people with Tourette syndrome and its co-morbidities such as ADHD and OCD. He also assesses and manages young people with Complex Motor Stereotypies (and intense imagery movements) and functional movement disorders. Children's Psychological Medicine at St Thomas' Hospital: (National and Specialist Paediatric Liaison Service - South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) assess and manage young-people with medically unexplained physical symptoms. Dr Malik is actively involved in research in Tics, Tourette Syndrome and motor stereotypies. He is a clinical supervisor / trainer for higher trainees in child psychiatry and teaches at the South London and Maudsley as well as Great Ormond Street training schemes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr Dennis Ougrin MBBS, MRCPsych, PGDip(Oxon), PGCAPHE, PhD, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Dr Dennis Ougrin MBBS, MRCPsych, PGDip(Oxon), PGCAPHE, PhD, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Dr Ougrin graduated from a medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to England to undertake his post-graduate training. He completed his higher training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guy's and Maudsley and is currently a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist leading Supported Discharge Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Ougrin is also a clinical senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr Ougrin leads a programme of information exchange between the UK and Ukraine. His main professional interests include prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm. Dr Ougrin is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for young people with self-harm. He is the chief investigator of a randomised controlled trial of Supported Discharge Service versus Treatment as Usual in adolescents admitted for in-patient care and a principal investigator of a randomised controlled trial comparing intensive mental health intervention versus usual social care in Looked After Children. Dr Ougrin also works on developing a modular psychotherapeutic intervention for self-harm and on understanding the pathophysiology of self-harm in young people.

Comments from delegates who attended the Infomed ADHD course last December, also led by Professor Peter Hill.

  • Impressive wealth of experience/knowledge of individual speakers
  • Content of the topics and the variety of topics covered – all very good
  • Very comprehensive and evidence & experience based
  • Very good and knowledgeable Faculty led by Prof Hill
  • Excellent experienced faculty and very approachable
  • Well organised, paced well and good time keeping
  • I have taken away very good guidance and information to improve my practice
  • To the point and very much relevant to clinical practical
  • Quality of information, speakers and topics covered
  • Relevance of presenters to objectives
  • It will make significant change in my clinical and prescribing practice
  • Perhaps, more time for questions as I felt rushed at times
  • This course not only improved my knowledge but broadened my future practice
  • Immense impact on practice – re inspired and energised!
  • Slightly longer time to ask presenters questions
  • More confident for providing better patient care
  • Inspired changes as it made me think about my personal practice
  • Excellent information to disseminate to colleagues
Lectures, case scenarios, interaction, Q&A with all faculty members.