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What do Paediatric Psychology do to help?

When we meet we will try to come to an understanding together of the things which are difficult for a child or young person and how best to help.  We do this through talking and asking questions, but above all listening to what matters to that child or young person.  We play games or draw together, to help us get to know a young person better.  Sometimes we will ask a young person to keep a diary or chart to record their thoughts, feelings, actions or symptoms. For example:

'My Emotions worksheet'

We also use a number of different therapies, all of which have an evidence base.  That is, we know from research that these interventions can be helpful for children and young people struggling with these types of difficulties.  These interventions might include, among others:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (external link);

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy


Group work

In addition, we regularly run psycho-educational or therapeutic groups for parents or for young people, where both will have an opportunity to meet with and work with others with similar issues.  For example, past groups include:

-ACT for adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes

Teaching and Training

We contribute as a team to the teaching and training of other multi-disciplinary staff working with children within the hospital, and run regular CPD as part of the NHS Education Scotland Psychosocial Interventions Modules.  We also teach students in training to become Clinical Psychologists and therefore have close links with the Doctoral courses at both the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh.