Book of Proceedings: Introducing a New Professional Development Module: Cognitive Functioning For Recovery: Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions Experiencing Cognitive Difficulties

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Authors: Corinne Henderson and Chris Keyes, NSW

Year: 2016

Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC)

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9945702-1-5

Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.

The paper describes an innovative professional development training module ‘Cognitive Functioning for Recovery’. Tracing its evolution, the paper articulates the rationale for the project based on the fact that cognitive impairment can pose a significant barrier to independent living; and that this may affect multiple aspects of an individuals’ life. Targeted at frontline mental health and disability workers, this training assists workers to identify cognitive difficulties and develop a deeper understanding of a person’s recovery needs. The module is informed by consultation with consumers, carers and the workforce investigating the knowledge, skills and training required to better support people living with mental health conditions who also experience cognitive difficulties. Underpinned by the neurology (Cozolino 2002), mental health and occupational therapy fields (Galletly & Rigby 2013), and drawing on the latest research, this newly launched product offers a new learning opportunity for mental health and disability practitioners working in the community

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