Our three-dimensional research training programme, combined with the TEAM advocacy program, has informed the development of the TEAM training program which is overlaid with three sectoral tracks to ensure employability in a range of sectors that parallels the multi-sectoral make-up of the TEAM consortium.
- A three-dimensional research training program to ensure breadth and depth of technical, theoretical and practical knowledge and skills.
- A “TEAM Advocacy program” that will equip TEAM graduates to advocate for and champion change in their chosen career sector.
- Three sectoral tracks through the complete TEAM program that, combined with the multi-sectoral TEAM consortium and associated secondments, will ensure multi-sector employability of TEAM graduates.
The TEAM training program for Youth Mental Health (YMH) is built on 5 training elements:
- Deep domain expertise (the individual research project (IRP) and mandatory intersectoral secondment)
- Specific YMH Education (multiple methodological perspectives, co-design, evaluation, ethical requirements)
- Research skills (scientific writing, gender-in-research, statistics etc.)
- Integrating activities (Hackathon, moot court, advocacy programme.)
- Career development.
TEAM ITN Training Schools
TEAM Orientation Training School, 2017
The first TEAM Orientation Training School was held during the 4th - 8th September 2017 at University College Dublin. The Orientation meeting was designed to offer ESRs introductory knowledge on the discipline specific topics within the TEAM programme. Talks from beneficiary lead investigators and interactive group sessions were organised during this week. Talks focused on School 1 objectives (in the TEAM Career and Development Matrix) by concentrating on Design including Ethical Design, Delivery and Implementation. Research Methods focused on interdisciplinarity, with approaches from academic and clinical perspectives. Transferrable skills discussions included social media, interdisciplinarity unlocking technology in healthcare and technology-enabled start-up presentations. Talks and presentations had a strong focus on intersectoral viewpoints. ESRs were given an opportunity to develop their communication skills by presenting their research through doctoral colloquium and poster presentations.
TEAM Summer School, 2018
The second TEAM Training School was from the 19th - 22nd June 2018 at University of Glasgow. Following on from the orientation training, the training elements concentrated on integrated interactive activities to deliver much of the training components in collaboration with invited guest speakers who are active in YMH research from industry, clinical and academic perspectives. Invited guest speakers included; Dr Victora Betton, Director of mHabitat, who delivered a talk on connected teens and codesign; Dr Conor Linehan, University College Cork, who delivered a talk on Design Fiction and offered insights into using stories to help communicate research; Dr Maria Wolters, University of Edinburgh, looked at building mental health resilience during the research process; and Dr Alison Burrows, University of Bristol, delivered a talk on Empirically Derived User Personas. Imaging and self-reflective practices were a basis for identifying how to progress with career development planning and training.
The summer school focused on the design of solutions to support ESRs data collection timeframe. The design sprint challenges followed a process of Mapping, Sketching, Deciding, Prototyping and Presenting a test version. This rapid iterative design process offered a unique way of transforming ideas into experimented solutions. This method of design thinking and involving individuals with diverse backgrounds offered teams a group dynamic that allowed brainstorming and ideation, considering problems from varying perspectives.
TEAM Summer School, 2019
A TEAM symposium "Technology for Youth Mental Health" was presented at the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) 2019 which immediately preceeded the TEAM Summer School. The third TEAM Training School was held from the 2nd - 5th July 2019 at Technical University of Vienna. The second summer school expanded on the previous summer school and orientation conference through interactive workshops and talks from leading researchers in youth mental health intervention design and positive computing. This year, expert speakers from research and industry were invited to demonstrate the social and emotional aspects of mental health interventions in the field and using patient and public involvement in research through randomized control trials and micro-control trials. Talks and workshops included the following;
- Prof Heleen Riper, VU University Amsterdam, detailed her vast experience of designing and running randomize control trials (RCTs) for health interventions.
- Lars Vedel Kessing, Professor of Psychiatry, Copenhagen University Hospital and Head of Copenhagen Affective Disorder research Centre (CADIC) delivered a talk and debated the efficacy of Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) in research.
- Dr Marguerite Barry, University College Dublin, conducted a journal abstract workshop looking using working examples.
- Dr Aleksandar Matic, Telefonica Innovacion Alpha, undertook a review of ubiquitous computing in mental health through active and passive data and common statistical tests, biomarkers and predictive modelling.
- Rafael Calvo, Professor at the Dyson School of Design Engineering (Imperial College London) and Professor and Director of the Wellbeing Technology Lab at the University of Sydney, presented a positive computing workshop with Dorian Peters looking at the models of psychological wellbeing.
- Dr Predrag Klasnja, University of Michigan and Kaiser Permanente Washington, provided case studies of the methods involved in optimising knowledge accumulation and reuse.
Digital Child Mental Health Conference 2020
A key component of network wide training for 2020 was the coordination of an international conference based in Barcelona. Building on the Digital Child Mental Health Conference in 2018, all ESRs were involved in the planning and organizing of this conference. This free event was open to members of the public, research community and wider academic networks to share the latest research about technologies for the mental health of children and to allow all participants to meet new people and strengthen their network.