A three day conference: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing: Communities, families, resilience and resistance, Iris Murdoch Building, Thursday, 05. September 2019

A three day conference: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing: Communities, families, resilience and resistance
5-7 September 2019, Iris Murdoch Building (University of Stirling)
In the wake of the global financial crisis (2007/8) and subsequent recession, the last decade has seen services for children and young people who experience mental health and wellbeing difficulties placed under increasing strain. At the same, socioeconomic crisis and associated family and community stress has placed additional demands on children and young people’s ability to cope. We have seen a significant rise in the identification of children and young people’s mental health difficulties, and a surge in demand for services. The pressure to restructure services and support has also triggered many innovative models of practice, and a renewed interest in ways of understanding and supporting resilience.
This three day conference focuses broadly on children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health. It offers a space in which we can consider how we might understand to children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and how services might respond to these challenges.
The conference aims to provide a space in which practitioners and academics can explore research, theory and practice in child and adolescent mental health. It is an opportunity to reflect on and critique established research, policy and practice, to share and celebrate what works, and to explore solutions to the challenges of the future.
The conference is hosted by the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection based within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Michael Ungar - Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience, Director for the Resilience Research Centre and Scientific Director, Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition based at Dalhousie University, Canada. 
Professor Tamsin Ford - Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter.
Dr Stella Chan - Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh
Dr Julian Childs - Lecturer in Evidence Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health at University College London, Head of Digital Development and Evaluation at Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Co-Research Lead for the Child Outcomes Research Consortium
Professor Jane Callaghan - Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling
Further keynotes will be announced soon.

First call for papers
Submission for the First Call for Papers are invited.
Papers, symposia, posters and workshops relevant to children’s mental health and wellbeing are encouraged. This could include:

resilience and resistance
development of mental health difficulties
models of understanding mental health
mental health policy
system transformation
participatory and collaborative methods
the promotion of wellbeing
Early intervention
social inequalities and social injustice
space and place
post-colonial and anti-colonial approaches
first nation and indigenous models of mental health and wellbeing
Feminist and intersection work in mental health
Family and systemic work
Community interventions
Professional challenges
Infant mental health
Multi-disciplinary and interagency working
Trauma informed mental health work

The closing date for the first call is 30 January 2018. You are welcome to submit either individual papers, symposia, or workshop proposals, as well as abstracts for posters. Please complete the abstract submission form.
Authors submitting their abstract for the first call for papers should expect a response from the panel by no later than 30 February 2018. This will enable them to take advantage of the Early Bird registration for the conference. The abstract form can be downloaded here and you should email this directly to CWPconf2019@

Please note that, as with all academic conferences, it is expected that speakers register for at least the day on which they are presenting. This facilitates shared learning, which is a key aim of the conference. Please also ensure you select the correct ticket type.

Contact us
For all conference related queries, please email CWPconf2019@

Thursday, 05. September 2019, Iris Murdoch Building, A three day conference: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing: Communities, families, resilience and resistance

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