Joining Perspectives on Collaborative Care Between Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Welfare to Address Multiple and Complex Needs in Adolescent Girls: a Participatory Action Research

Date: 16 September 2019

Venue: UAntwerp - Campus Drie Eiken - Building O - Auditorium O5 - Universiteitsplein 1 - 2610 WILRIJK (route: UAntwerpen, Campus Drie Eiken)

Time: 6:00 PM

PhD candidate: Helena Van den Steene

Principal investigator: Prof D. van West, Prof I. Glazemakers

Short description: PhD defence Helena Van den Steene - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Presentation in English)


Increasing case complexity challenges health and social care. Collaboration is put forward as a strategy to address it. Adolescent girls with multiple and complex needs constitute an especially vulnerable population, whose difficulties put their own development at stake and have a negative impact on their relatives and at the level of society.  The Van Celst project is a collaboration between child and adolescent psychiatry and child welfare, aiming to address the needs of adolescent girls with multiple and complex needs. Both partners take joint responsibility for all of the girls enrolled, and for the whole care trajectory.

Starting from the practice needs, this innovative collaboration project and their vulnerable target population, a participatory action research was developed. In this research approach researchers, practitioners, and the community engage in the research process together, starting from practice needs. Participatory action research uses joint expertise to enrich knowledge, facilitate social change, and empower stakeholders from different backgrounds. The aims were to advance knowledge on the target population and the collaboration project Van Celst, and to optimize its practice.

This resulted in a description of the target population, including needs of youths and relatives, and a description of the collaboration project, its development course and benefits and pitfalls. In a second stage, a Delphi study constructed a definition of multiple and complex needs in children and adolescents, endorsed by local and international experts.

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