Biopsychosocial formulation and the key phases of a child mental health assessment

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Released 27/10/20

Biopsychosocial formulation and the key phases of a child mental health assessment
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This episode is part of our upcoming e-learning course, A GP Framework for Child Mental Health Assessment

What are the key phases of a child mental health assessment in general practice? Dr Andrew Leech joins the Emerging Minds podcast to discuss these phases and the principal role that biopsychosocial formulation plays in conducting a child mental health assessment. 

Andrew is a GP based in Perth, Western Australia, and has a passion for paediatric general practice as well as the role that GPs can play in positively influencing child’s life trajectory. He has a diploma in child health and holds advisory roles at the RACGP and Emerging Minds. 

In this episode, Andrew summarises the four key phases of a child mental health assessment that are articulated in the eLearning course, ‘A GP Framework for Child Mental Health Assessment (5-12 years)’, and explains the important role that a biopsychosocial approach to formulation plays in supporting the child and family. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • Key phases of a child mental health assessment [1:14]
  • How does biopsychosocial formulation help with understanding the needs of a child and family? [9:50]
  • What is the difference between formulation and diagnosis? [21:00]
  • Challenges for GPs in forming an understanding of a child’s mental health needs [27:33]
  • Advice for completing a child mental health assessment [32:21]

 

Further information and resources:

A GP Framework for Child Mental Health Assessment e-Learning course https://emergingminds.com.au/online-course/a-gp-framework-for-child-mental-health-assessment-5-12-years/

Supporting Children’s Resilience in General Practice e-learning course https://emergingminds.com.au/online-course/supporting-childrens-resilience-in-general-practice/

Supporting child mental health in general practice with Dr Sara Whitburn podcast https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/podcast/supporting-child-mental-health-in-general-practice/

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