Authors: Shona Clarke, Caro Swanson, Fraser Todd
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: matua raki wellington new zealand, nz, Te Pou O Te Whaakaro Nui, auckland, attitudes, stigma, discrimination, lived experience, wellbeing, workforce, symposium
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This symposia will focus on how working authentically in mental health and addiction services needs to start with an awareness of our own and other’s values, and how these align with those of people who experience mental health and addiction problems.
The symposia presentation will start with a discussion of the importance of values focused service and treatment experiences from people with lived experience from a range of perspectives (mental health, addiction and physical disability).
The second presentation will be by Shona Clarke. An important element of understanding the role of values in workforce development is the synthesis and dissemination of research literature. Shona, research assistant at Te Pou, will illustrate how this has been achieved to inform the refresh of Let’s get real. Developed in 2008 by the Ministry of Health, Te Pou has had a role since 2009 to support services to implement this knowledge, skills and attitudes framework in service delivery organizational systems (such as human resources and learning and development) as well as education and training programmes. A critical starting point was a comprehensive evidence review, drawing together international and New Zealand literature and discussing other capability/competency models and the implementation of such models, implementing values into practice, and possible forms of implementing training.
The final presentation will be given by Dr Fraser C. Todd, who will discuss some ways in which values, which are at the heart of co-existing substance use and mental health problem (CEP) practice, can be implemented in clinical practice.
The symposia will have time for a question and answer session, as well as to hear participants’ views and experiences of change they have seen and discuss what still needs addressing and how this might be achieved. Participants will be encouraged to commit to carrying out at least one action that supports a values informed approach to workforce development in their sphere of influence over the next few months.
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