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Children and Young People (CYP) resources


Combat thinking with the power of experiments - a guide for young people

This practical guide by Dr Rob Kidney explains the link between intrusive thoughts and behaviour, and introduces techniques to break this cycle with behavioural experiments.

"Have you ever had thoughts that worry you, scare or frighten you? Have you ever had thoughts that make you feel like you can’t do something, or that something bad might happen? Have you ever had thoughts that stop you from doing the good things that you want to do in your life?

If the answer is YES, then our research tells us you are officially a normal human being."

» Behavioural Experiments Booklet

Low intensity CBT parenting intervention workbook

Parenting programmes delivered in a structured manner over several weeks are the most widely-researched psychological intervention in child and adolescent mental health. They are the single most effective intervention for the treatment of conduct problems in children.

The programme is designed to promote positive relationships, attachment and pro-social behaviour through sensitive responding.

» Low Intensity CBT Parenting Intervention Workbook

Community of Practice

The South West CYP IAPT website is home to a range of resources you can use to find out more about a wide array of areas relating to CYP IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People. These include websites, documents, recorded webinars, useful links, and articles on the South West CYP IAPT blog.

Webinars and talks

Mental health support

Hollie Gay, Catherine Gallop and Jonathan Parker presented a webinar to education staff across the south west on Mental Health Support: Policy, Practice and Impact. Watch the webinar here.

South West CYP IAPT Community of Practice webinars

Watch a range of webinars and recorded talks on the Community of Practice website.

Conference presentations

Dr Melika Janbakhsh presented at the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) conference 2022 on 'Low Intensity, High Impact; Evidencing Early Interventions of the Children and Young People’s Low Intensity Workforce, South West England'. Watch the presentation here. European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) 2022.


CBT Behavioural Experiments App

CBT is an effective treatment for the management of common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. The CBT behavioural experiments is an app designed to support young people (and older) though the steps of completing a behavioural experiments and the change that this can bring to improve mood.

With use of an interactive manga style story, two characters (Zee and Tao) will guide you through the steps involved in planning, running and reviewing behavioural experiments to alleviate experience of low mood and anxiety and to support positive change. Each character will describe their own journey though using experiment and will support the user in completing theirs.

Within the app a journey through the following steps are supported:

  • Catching what thoughts are and when they happen
  • Designing an experiment
  • Making predictions
  • Running the experiment
  • What did I learn?

The app is intended for use alongside a mental health practitioner, but may be of use of on its own to anyone interested in understanding CBT and taking steps to make changes. Language used is intended to be supportive of young people looking to understand and use this CBT intervention to support mental wellbeing. The app is not intended to replace therapy or treatment but can be supportive of this, or help to learn more about this CBT intervention.

Download the App - Android

Download the App - Apple