Essential Reading Gallery

There is a strong evidence base for CAMHeleon, most of which is found throughout the COLOURFUL Theme articles (look out for the blue publication/author links), but there are a number of key documents and resources which we've been particularity inspired by:

  • Where Next? New directions in in-patient mental health services for young people. Report 1 - Different models of provision for young people: facts and figures. Developed By Young Minds.

  • Where Next? New directions in in-patient mental health services for young people. Report 2 - Issues emerging: views from young people, parents and staff. Developed By Young Minds.

  • Promoting positive well-being for children. A report for decision-makers in parliament, central government and local areas. Recent Children’s Society research highlights a number of key factors which influence young people’s sense of life satisfaction.

  • Better Mental Health Outcomes for Children and Young People. A Resource Directory for Commissioners.

  • Right Here - How to… provide youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services. Produced by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation.

  • Improving young people’s health and wellbeing. A framework for public health. Developed by Public Health England.

  • Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS - Service Standards. Developed by Royal College of Psychiatrists.

  • The Evidence Base to guide Development of Tier 4 CAMHS. A summary of the evidence that is currently available for effective development of Tier 4 Child CAMHS.

  • Future in mind. Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Developed by Department of Health.

  • CAMHS Competency Framework. An evidence based competence framework, which describes the knowledge and skills underpinning the various clinical activities carried out by a CAMHS service. Developed by NHS Education for Scotland and University College London.

  • 10 Keys to Happier Living. Developed by Action for Happiness.

  • The Happy Manifesto by Henry Stewart.

  • TalkWell. Star Wards’ conversation training resource for mental health workers.

  • A World of Ward Knowledge. Developed by Star Wards.

  • Brief Encounters. How relationships between staff and emotionally vulnerable patients are nurtured through ‘caring conversation’.


Some of our favourite books:

  • Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby's brain. By Sue Gerhardt.

  • Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids (An Eckhart Tolle Edition) by Susan Stiffelman MFT.

  • Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children. By Daniel A. Hughes.

  • Reflective Parenting: A Guide to Understanding What's Going on in Your Child's Mind by Alistair Cooper, Sheila Redfern.

  • Parenting from the Inside Out: how a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive. By Daniel J. Siegel, Mary Hartzell

  • Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood. By Jim Fay, Foster Cline.

  • Becoming Attached: First Relationships Paperback. By Robert Karen.

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind Paperback. By Dr Tina Payne Bryson and Dr. Daniel Siegel.

  • Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It. By Sue Palmer.

  • Nursing in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. By Nisha Dogra and Sharon Leighton.

  • Teenage as a Second Language. By Barbara R. Greenberg.

  • Teenagers Translated: How to Raise Happy Teens. By Janey Downshire.

  • Everyday Blessings: Mindfulness for Parents by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Myla Kabat-Zinn.

  • How To Behave So Your Children Will Too by Severe. By Dr Sal Severe.

  • If Disney Ran Your Hospital. By Fred Lee.

  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. by Adele Faber.

  • The Teen Years - Don't Get Mad - Get Through It: Get Through- A parent's guide to surviving the teenage years without tearing your hair out. By Sarah Newton.

  • ‘The Creative Teaching & Learning Toolkit’. By Brin Best and Will Thomas

Click here to view our bibliography



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