Page 2801 - Week 07 - Thursday, 3 July 2008

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CARHU staff access relevant training as it becomes available, however, due to the highly specialised nature of the work carried out at the CARHU, standard training packages are usually not useful. For this reason the team is provided with quarterly clinical supervision sessions from Dr John Boots, a child psychiatrist from Sydney with expertise in the child abuse and neglect field.

Training attended by CARHU staff since 2005 includes:

• Assessment and Treatment of Children with Sexualised Behaviours

• Transforming Problem Sexual Behaviour

• Separation, Reunification and Restoration – Sibling Sexual Abuse

• Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

• Parent and Infant Relationships

• Medical Forensic Aspects of Child Sexual Assault

• Parent -Child Interaction Therapy

• Children and Domestic Violence

• Developmental Attachment

• Parent and Infant mental health attachment

(8) The Clinical Coordinator has a Bachelor of Social Work (University of Sydney) and has 20 years experience in the area of child and adolescent mental, trauma and child protection provides intersectional training to CARHU staff. External expertise is sought when necessary to provide additional specialist training as outlined in the response to question 7.

(9) See response to (1)

(10) ACT Health provides information about CARHU services to the public as follows:

• ACT Health has a web site that outlines the CARHU services

• CARHU has a brochure for professionals/referrers that outlines CARHU’s services

• CARHU relies on primary health care providers who refer clients to inform them of the role of CHU and ensures that these services are well informed of the role of the unit.

• CARHU staff routinely meet with other agencies to provide information and consultation about CARHU services.

(11) The CARHU uses the NSW Health service model, for treating children under 10 years who have sexualised behaviours. The author of this service model is Mary-Jo McVeigh and she has provided training to the CARHU team. In addition the unit uses protocols developed by Dr William N. Friedrich, an internationally recognised expert in this area.

(12) The CARHU team utilises internationally recognised tools to evaluate the effectiveness of all the therapeutic programs it provides, including specific psychometric tests such as the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children, and the Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire.

(13) See response to (1)

(14) Interagency co-operation and training has occurred through the following:

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