Who should attend
Health professionals wanting to improve their knowledge and skills with regard to mental health service provision in rural and remote contexts.
About the Short Course
Mental health problems are a serious concern in rural and remote locations where access to services is often limited. Because of some of the characteristics of rural and remote locations such as compromised access to services, there is an opportunity to reconsider the way we might traditionally diagnose and treat mental health conditions. This Rethinking Mental Health short course will help you extend your skills and knowledge in understanding what a mental health problem is, how to manage risks and crises, and how to engage in helpful conversations with people experiencing mental health difficulties while also looking after yourself.
The course emphasises a transdiagnostic and biopsychosocial approach to understanding and assisting people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
By the end of the two day Rethinking Mental Health short course participants will be able to:
- Describe mental health problems in terms of important psychological and social processes;
- Identify important risk factors and generate strategies to address risk;
- Outline differences in mental health disorders before and after the introduction of psychopharmacology;
- List barriers and facilitators of effective self-care; and
- Conduct helpful conversations focussing on the experience of the mental health problem for the distressed person.
Course Dates - no course to be offered in 2016