Authors: Jacqueline Horn, Lois Surgenor
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Workforce Education, Supervision, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The cry continues internationally about the pressing need to enhance the key skills of the mental health workforce. A survey was conducted of the 179 students enrolled during the first 6 years of an innovative postgraduate diploma which was designed to meet this need. Seldom are such courses evaluated systematically. A file survey was conducted providing information about those who had enrolled in the course since its inception. In addition, the 38 graduates were sent a questionnaire about the impact of the course. The wide diversity of people who have taken the course mirrors the mental health workforce. The benefits of the course were far-reaching for its graduates, particularly in increased knowledge, skill development and resulting confidence in their practice. This demonstrates the importance of this innovative approach to meeting the increasingly sophisticated training needs in mental health.