Authors: Joanne E. Taylor, Sarah E. Gordon
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Reducing Stigma and Discrimination,Lived Experience, Recovery,Research & Evaluation Informing Practice
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Mental health service user perspectives are a critical part of training people to work in the various disciplines involved in providing mental health services. For example, nursing, social work, and psychiatry disciplines are increasingly engaging service users to develop, implement, and evaluate service user-led and recovery-focused teaching into their training programmes. However, the teaching of psychology has not typically included service users in this capacity, which is especially problematic when the teaching involves professional training, such as in clinical psychology. It is crucial that students who are training to become clinical psychologists are exposed to service users’ views of their experiences as well as the principles and practice of recovery. This paper briefly describes the initiatives taken in the clinical psychology training programme at Massey University since 2015 to start to address this need, and presents preliminary results from an ongoing evaluation of the outcomes of a service user-led and recovery-focused tutorial on students’ attitudes about mental illness.
Learning Objective 1: By attending this presentation, the audience will learn about the recovery-focused initiatives in the clinical psychology training programme at Massey University to date, and the outcomes of our tutorial evaluation on students’ attitudes about mental illness.
Learning Objective 2: This topic is relevant to mental health services and mental health issues as it relates to the education and training of clinical psychologists to work with people with experience of mental distress.
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