Protecting the mental health of children living through armed conflict and displacement: how can we help?

Presented by Rachel Calam & Dennis Ougrin

About the event

This Masterclass webinar will be hosted on Zoom. The webinar will be recorded and will be made available for 30 days after the event to delegates who have registered. You can choose to attend on the day, watch later or both. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 1.5 hours CPD (live attendance only). 

Registration closes - Midday Friday 13th January. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.

This session, presented by Rachel Calam and Dennis Ougrin provides perspectives on ways of helping children, young people and families affected by armed conflict, displacement and resettlement. There will be a particular focus on children and families affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

Parents and caregivers play a vital role in protecting children and adolescents through war and displacement. Their own experiences and mental health, the changes they see in their children and the parenting they provide can have a profound effect on childrens’ reactions and trajectories. These in turn are related to the experiences and contexts they encounter. Pyramids of resources, from universally available psychoeducational materials through to specialised forms of trauma-informed interventions allow for screening and provision of appropriate levels of assistance.

Rachel Calam will share the experience of building pyramids of inter-linked, evidence-based, trauma-informed resources and interventions.  These have been developed in collaboration with international agencies, primarily UNODC, and with families and practitioners experiencing life through contexts of military conflict, displacement and resettlement.

Approximately 30,000 refugee children from Ukraine live in the UK. Dennis Ougrin will explore the impact of the war on these children and the cultural differences between Ukrainian and British families. Interventions to improve Ukrainian children’s well-being and equip them with skills to manage symptoms of war-related trauma will be discussed. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will have:

  • Access to a range of materials and an understanding of how these can be used with diverse populations across a wide range of setting

  • Awareness of evidence on interventions for children and young people and their families at different levels.

  • Awareness of the particular needs of children and young people affected by the invasion of Ukraine, and the skills to manage war-related trauma.

About the presenter(s)

Rachel Calam is Professor Emerita, Division of Psychology and Mental Health, the University of Manchester, UK. She was Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology then Head of the School of Psychological Sciences at Manchester. Her research focuses on prevention approaches to protecting the mental health of children, young people and families. She has a particular interest in developing and evaluating parenting and family skills resources for low and middle income countries and very low resource contexts.

Rachel acts as a consultant and technical expert with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) prevention group on parenting and family skills in different contexts, and has collaborated on new programmes which are now in use in many countries worldwide. She has worked most recently on parenting and intervention needs of children, young people and families living through war, displacement and resettlement, using novel, low cost ways of sharing information. She has collaborated with groups internationally on combining caregiver and family skills with trauma recovery approaches for children and young people across these settings. 

Dennis Ougrin graduated from medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to the Maudsley hospital in the UK to undertake post-graduate training in child and adolescent psychiatry. He worked as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist establishing and leading intensive community care services at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He also led the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at King’s College London and acted as the Chief Investigator of major NIHR, MRC and charity-funded studies in the field of self-harm and intensive community care services. In 2018-2020 Dennis was the editor-in-chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a key clinical journal in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology and allied disciplines.

In September 2021, Dennis was appointed to lead the Youth Resilience Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London. He lead a programme of global mental health studies aimed at developing community mental health services in Ukraine and other Low-and Middle-Income Countries.  His main professional interests include the prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm in young people. He is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for young people with self-harm. He also developed and tested an Intensive Community Care Service model for young people with severe psychiatric disorders called Supported Discharge Service. The model was evaluated in the first randomised controlled trial of an intensive community care service for young people in the UK. The results of the trial informed the development of intensive community care services in the UK and internationally.


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17 Jan 2023
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