What does CYP IAPT means?
CYP IAPT stands for Children and Young People, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, where IAPT basically means making sure more people get the right help with their mental health and emotional wellbeing when they need it.
Since 2012 Islington CAMHS has been involved in the CYP IAPT project to change the way mental health services are provided to children, young people and parents living in the Borough of Islington.
What is it about?
Making changes to the service:
The focus of CYP IAPT is involving children, young people and parents to help the service create changes that fits with their needs. For example we run monthly young people workshops and patents coffee mornings to gather ideas from people who use our service on topics such as renovating the waiting room, re-designing CAMHS leaflets, and helping us to write policies, such as an internet safety policy. So we use suggestions from our users point of view to change the service in an important and meaningful way.
Making changes to the way therapists work:
CYP IAPT is also about changing the way therapists work by introducing the use of a range of questionnaires, specific for different needs that a person may have, to help focussing on the problems that matters most to the person and to monitor progress over time.
In practice this means that during the session your therapists may ask you to complete a questionnaire about how you have been feeling lately or if you feel you have made any progress towards your goals. You and your therapist will then discuss the results and agree some actions. The questionnaires may be completed on paper or on an iPad (provided by your therapists), if the questionnaire is available in electronic format.
This is a very innovative way of establishing strong and collaborative relationships between therapists and clients and Islington CAMHS is committed to make the most out of the CYP IAPT project to become a truly young people’s centred service.
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