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    After a few years of 1:1 counselling and CBT, my camhs worker has decided to put me into group CBT (:cry2:).

    I'm willing to try it, but, as my college is starting our A2 course a few weeks after the AS exams, I'd miss 18 lessons of A2 psychology and sociology. I know I should put my health first, but I missed the first month or so of AS because I was in inpatient, and it was rather difficult to catch up (not to mention stressful), so I don't want to go through that again.

    Any advice on what to do? It's quite a specific group, so there aren't any alternative times/dates. To be honest, this whole mess is just making things worse .
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    Hmm, that's a tough decision!

    My personal opinion is that it would be good to go for the group CBT ,as if it improves your mental health it will make your A2 year significantly easier to cope with. Does your college give you a textbook that you can catch up from, or maybe your teachers could email you their notes? I know it would be stressful, but I guess if you have the summer holidays to catch up it might be less stressful than the catch-up during AS year which was during term time presumably. Also I don't know if it's the same for your college, but I had a couple of A2 start up weeks at my college and we didn't really learn anything, and we went over all the knowledge again at the start of the year as everyone had already forgotten what we had learned over the summer...so maybe you won't miss out on anything too important... Then again, our colleges might have a different approach

    Good luck for your AS exams
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    Get in touch with your college and their wellbeing team to see how they can accommodate for you. Given that they would be aware of inpatient etc you'd fall under the disability legislation meaning that they need to offer reasonable adjustments - which could be individual tuition or someone to help you keep on top of your work whilst you get this essential care. It's no different to the help they would offer if you had a regular appointment for physical illness or injury
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    I've tried to contact camhs but my worker doesn't work today - we're going to try again tomorrow. I think it would probably be alright to just get the teacher's notes. The group finishes before the end of summer so it wouldn't run into the start of Year 13.

    Also, my college has been really good about everything and I know they would do whatever was needed so I didn't fall behind. I just feel out of the loop when I miss lessons for appointments and sessions.

    Thanks for your replies, it's helped me feel less anxious about the whole situation .
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    (Original post by lishskiroyale)
    Good luck for your AS exams
    Just read the last bit of your post - my head of college gave me the option of whether or not I wanted to sit the exams and we agreed it would be best not to sit them, so at least I haven't had that to worry about.
 
 
 
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