Mental Health Education Trends
Some examples of trends in education offering for mental health professionals are onsite training components, Improved school-community collaboration to provide integrated and coordinated mental-health care, integrative training programs for mental health care practitioners and Professional certificates.
ONSITE TRAINING COMPONENTS
- The Mental Health Partners shadowing tool developed by Clare Scott, LCSW prepares practitioners to fulfill the following expectations;
- Increase system expertise.
- Increase clinical workflow understanding.
- Demonstrates how joining a team, through trust, and effective communication with healthcare providers and medical employees.
- The Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care is a web-based toolkit that contains information on how to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices.
- These tools assist mental health professionals to evaluate the risk of suicide for patients, plan procedures and generate prevention plans.
- Although the tools are intended for rural use, most are well-suited for use in non-rural environments.
- There is a range of learning and training schemes in the integrated health workforce to assist primary care, mental health, and addiction professionals and others learn more about integration and efficient therapy measures, including opportunities for online learning, certification programs, webinars, and books.
- The Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) focuses on measures in healthcare and leadership which involve healthcare management for integrated behavioral health programs.
- The American Psychological Association's Directory of Doctoral Training Programs with Training Opportunities in Primary Care Psychology is a list of internships, postdoctoral and doctoral programs providing training for primary care psychology.
- The Graduate Psychology Education grant program funds schools to establish and run training programs that prepare psychologists to work in a setting that incorporates mental health in primary care.
INTEGRATIVE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS
- Successful implementation of interdisciplinary education and training programs necessary to promote skilled integrative practitioners will involve a high level of collaboration across fields between academic centers, professional societies, and clinicians.
- Considering the diversity of variables that drive the evolving field of integrative medicine and mental health integration, disparate postgraduate training programs are likely to emphasize different areas of specialization.
- After finishing formal training, many family physicians and psychiatrists are seeking to continue education and mentorship opportunities in fields such as mind-body medicine, including care-based stress reduction, pain medicine, palliative care, biofeedback, or hypnotherapy, while others are providing acupuncture or nutraceutical prescription training.
- It is envisioned that residency training programs in family medicine and psychiatry, by including validated Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) methods in their curricula, will increasingly emphasize integrative mental health care.
- The Behavioral Health and Integration Training Institute is a 40-hour ongoing training provided in a one-week format aimed at present mental and behavioral health practitioners interested in advancing their skill and knowledge in behavioral health.
- The Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care is intended for direct clinical professionals who provide integrated health facilities and serve populations that often have complicated physical health, mental health, and drug use requirements.
- Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care offered by the University of Maryland supports the efforts of primary care providers to assess and handle their patients' mental health issues from infancy through the transition to young adulthood.
We began the research by looking into government databases such as SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIS) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). After scouring through these sources, we were able to identify pre-compiled information on examples of trends in education offering for mental health professionals.
In order to determine the listed findings as the mental health education trends, we pulled out the most recent publication from these government databases and identified the trends that have been recently deployed by these governments into the health care field as the government is the major body that oversees the health practice in every country and leads in offering professional healthcare education. Also, It is evident that since these sites are run by the government and are used for service delivery, they are run by reputable organizations and kept up to date. It is at this point that we identified the trends which we listed above in the findings section.