I am a clinical psychologist currently working in the community with a specialty in child and adolescent mental health. After several years in Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), I have enrolled in a PhD with the aim of gaining the skills to develop a career combining clinical work and research. I have a particular interest in working to intervene with whanāu/families and my current research proposes to evaluate the impact of a parenting programme, Tuning into Teens, being run in local CAMHS. This has the potential to be an effective and efficient intervention, however, it has not been evaluated in this context. A co-design methodology will inform a pilot randomised controlled trial. The use of co-design in this setting will provide an additional unique contribution that may inform further research with the aim of developing excellence in mental health care for young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand.