Authors: Michelle Tonkin-Smith, QLD
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: rural and remote mental health services, technology, EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE, AND OUTCOME RESEARCH,PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / TRAINING, RURAL / REMOTE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Providing mental health clinicians in rural locations with training and supervision in evidence-based interventions increases consumer accessibility to interventions whilst also contributing to workforce development and retention. The emergence of telehealth has allowed rural and remote mental health services to utilise newer technologies, such as videoconferencing, to assist in the assessment and treatment of consumers. Given the availability of telehealth equipment in rural locations, it seems a logical extension for formalised training workshops and supervision to also be delivered to clinicians via telehealth. This study aimed to develop, implement and evaluate a training program in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to clinicians in rural locations using videoconferencing. Training in CBT was delivered to participants in six rural sites in Queensland across the Northern, Central and Southern health areas (Northern Downs, Southern Downs, Gladstone, Emerald, Charters Towers and Mount Isa) using videoconferencing. Additional supervision was provided via videoconference, telephone and electronic mail. Evaluation of this project included quantitative and qualitative analysis of participant outcomes regarding CBT and the videoconference medium.