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BOAM: A self-diagnostic treatment model for young people with complex mental health problems and neurodiversity and their families

Presented by Susan Bögels and Damiet Truijens

About the event

This online, participative event will be held on Zoom, and has been organised by the Children, Adolescents & Families Special interest Group (CAFSIG). For more details on CAFSIG please see here. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 6 x hours CPD. The event will not be recorded.

Registration closes - Midday on Friday 18 October. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment!

BOAM (Basic needs, Order, Autonomy and Meaning) is a new diagnostic system consisting of imaginative models that explains the complexity of symptoms and underlying neuropsychological and/or trauma based problems in a simple way. It is designed to be used in a transparent, collaborative process with families, so that family members can better understand the nature of mental health problems, thus increasing self-knowledge and mutual understanding. In this workshop you will gain valuable skills to apply this knowledge in practice.

The BOAM-basic model provides an overview of the development and functioning of the mind, and subsequent models illustrate the different disturbances that can occur and the consequences of these disturbances. The ten models are presented as mind-maps that use visual images to aid understanding and engagement for children, adolescents, and adults with mental health problems, as well as their parents.

These explanatory diagnostics offer a new perspective that provides an alternative to traditional narratives and aids in the understanding of the nature of the problems (e.g., trauma, overdemanding, or neurodiversity). Based on the universal models, parents can reflect on their child and self-reflect on their own attitudes and behaviours in response to the problem.

This evidence-based explanatory and non-labelling diagnostic system is based on ideas from CBT and systems therapy, and is used by clients themselves under the guidance of a practitioner. It can improve engagement and enhance treatment objectives for complex presentations.

This workshop is aimed at cognitive behavioural therapists working in child and family mental health and education settings.

Aims and objectives

1. Get to know the BOAM perspective and principles underlying complex and complicated manifestations that psychological problems can take.

2. Overview of the 6-session BOAM self-diagnostics and psychoeducation

3. Experiencing the benefits of BOAM from an individual and system perspective

About the presenter(s)

Susan Bögels is a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher, specialised in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and mindfulness for children and their families. Susan works as a Professor in Family Mental Health and Mindfulness at the University of Amsterdam. She has been involved in the evaluation and research of BOAM self diagnostics from an early stage.

Damiët Truijens is a family and relationship therapist who has developed BOAM self diagnosis over the last 10 years from her desire to give adults and children more autonomy in understanding, preventing and solving psychological problems.


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Online Event
23 Oct 2024
SIG: Children, Adolescents & Families
70.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
85.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non Member

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