Authors: Jillian Le Gros, Marianne Wyder, Jennifer Hickey, Carolyn Monck, Bradley Henwood, Geoff Lau
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Workforce,Change, Innovation, Reform,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Many people who present to public mental health services with mild to moderate mental health symptoms often do not meet the criteria for an acute service response and there is an expectation they will establish therapeutic supports with other services. This is of concern as if the risk is unresolved or the psychosocial distress worsens this can increase the recovery time for the person and increase the need for services. In 2014 Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service undertook a feasibility to study to determine if Single Session Work would address a service gap for those people who present with mild to moderate mental health symptoms driven by psychosocial difficulties. While SSW was appropriate in this context, all of the models process components were not feasible. The findings supported the suitability of the Single Session framework for all Acute Care Team clinicians; thus requiring a re-orientation in practice. This presentation will describe the framework and underpinning principles for implementation and the potential implications of a system reorientation to therapeutic practices within this setting.
Learning Objective 1: The audience will be invited to consider their clinical engagement beyond the basics of service processes.
Learning Objective 2: This presentation will encourage acute care services to uphold therapeutic engagement as a cornerstone of clinical practice to be valued and standardized.
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