Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-2pzkn Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-05-28T21:16:27.196Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

The Availability of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Within Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): A National Survey

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 May 2007

Paul Stallard
University of Bath/Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, UK
Orlee Udwin
West London Mental Health Trust, UK
Meghan Goddard
University of Bath, UK
Sarah Hibbert
University of Bath, UK


The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has recommended cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for a number of common child and adolescent mental health disorders. The aim of this study was to clarify the practice of CBT within specialist child and adolescent mental health services in the United Kingdom. A survey was distributed to specialist child mental health workers through national organizations and professional bodies. Approximately 10% of specialist CAMHS professionals replied (n = 540). One in five reported CBT to be their dominant therapeutic approach, whilst 40% rarely used CBT. Specialist post-qualification training had been undertaken by 21.0% of respondents, with over two-thirds identifying training needs in the core skills of CBT. This survey suggests that the capacity of specialist CAMHS to meet the requirements of NICE in terms of the availability of CBT skills is doubtful. There is a need to develop CBT training and supervision infra-structures.

Research Article
2007 British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)
Submit a response


No Comments have been published for this article.