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Journey After Child Abuse Team are Highly Commended for their work with children and young people

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in #ProudofDPT, Mental health, News on 29th October, 2021

We are delighted to announce that at the awards ceremony for the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) on Friday 22 October, the Journey After Child Abuse Team (JACAT) were Highly Commended for their work with children and young people with PTSD following sexual abuse and assault.

Lindy Saoirse, Clinical Team Manager and Caroline Clunies-Ross, Principal Clinical Psychologist, said:

"The ACAMH awards “aim to recognise high quality work in evidence based science, both in publication and practice, in the field of child and adolescent mental health. To be nominated for an ACAMH Award is a prestigious recognition of those who are at the forefront of the advancement of child and adolescent mental health research, and practice”.

"The JACAT nomination was for the Lionel Hersov Memorial Award for a practice team that has;

  1. demonstrated the use of evidence base (research, audit or service evaluation) into clinical practice and
  2. evaluated the outcome or measured either the clinical impact or demonstrated quality improvement.

"JACAT’s work in the introduction to the UK of Trauma-focused CBT for PTSD following sexual abuse and assault was described at the ceremony.

"From a selection of international nominees, JACAT came second only to UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behaviour! A huge well done to the team!"

The team have responded to being Highly Commended by saying: “It’s fantastic that the specialist work we have been doing has been recognised – working with PTSD, sexual abuse and applying theory to practice...and finding that it has really good outcomes for young people.”

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