Psychopathology: Theory and Practice
Tamsin Cottis – Introduction to Child Psychopathology
This lecture will outline the structure of provision of current UK child mental health services. A number of the most frequently diagnosed child mental health disorders (e.g. ADHD, ASC, Conduct Disorder, Eating Disorders, Childhood Depression) will be identified and briefly described, drawing on the most up-to-date diagnostic criteria of DSM 5 and the ICD 10/11 (ICD 11 due to be adopted in May 2019).
Information will be critically considered with reference to ordinary child development and in the light of up to date research regarding the development of the brain in infancy and childhood. Close consideration will be given to what is known about how trauma and adverse childhood experiences may impact on a child’s emotional, relational, cognitive, behavioural and relational development. Bessell van der Kolk’s Model of Developmental Trauma Model (2005) will be considered.
As well as talking about medication-based treatments, we will explore how child psychotherapy, informed by Attachment Theory and Object Relations Theory, may be an effective response to childhood disorders which have their roots in traumatic experiences.