Introducing a professional development programme to a rural area mental health service: the importance of context

Gene Hodgins, Greg Murray, Adrian Donoghue, Fiona Judd, Alison Petts

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the introduction of an ongoing professional development programme for clinicians in a rural area mental health service. The programme involved a series of workshops delivered by clinical psychologists. The training component of each workshop focused on discrete cognitive behavioural strategies, targeted at the amelioration of anxiety and mood symptoms.Conclusions: The paper emphasizes contextual aspects of the programme: its setting, the modality of delivery, resourcing issues and maximizing engagement by the participants. Preliminary evaluation data are reviewed, and it is argued that programmes that focus on local capacity building in rural settings are an important component of redressing the urban'rural imbalance in the availability of evidence-based psychological treatments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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