Workforce Learning and Development in the Community Mental Health sector


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The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for non-government organisations (NGOs) working for mental health throughout NSW. This presentation by Simone Montgomery describes the training services offered by the MHCC.

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Workforce Learning and Development in the Community Mental Health sector

  1. 1. Workforce Learning and Development in the Community Mental Health sector Simone Montgomery Mental Health Coordinating Council
  2. 2. Who is MHCC? <ul><li>The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC): </li></ul><ul><li>is the peak body for non-government organisations (NGOs) working for mental health throughout NSW </li></ul><ul><li>membership includes specialist and mainstream, consumer and carer groups, and other bodies interested in mental health </li></ul><ul><li>has an ongoing leadership, policy advice and advocacy role in NGO mental health issues </li></ul><ul><li>facilitate linkages between government, non-government and private sector providers acting as a liaison body for the views of its membership </li></ul>
  3. 3. MHCC and Training <ul><li>In 2007 MHCC became a Registered Training Organisation and established the Learning and Development Unit </li></ul><ul><li>To offer training and professional development to the NGO mental health sector </li></ul><ul><li>This allows training in nationally recognised accredited units and courses. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What training is offered? <ul><li>Short courses specialising in mental health </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist training for non mental health workers </li></ul><ul><li>Customised training for organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership in Action Program - Leadership and Management Training </li></ul>
  5. 5. Nationally recognised training <ul><li>Certificate IV in Mental Health </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate IV in alcohol and other drugs work </li></ul><ul><li>MHCC Leadership in Action (Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management) </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health Connect – Mental Health for Community workers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Target Audience <ul><li>Community workers who are working with people with a mental health issue on an ongoing basis – not mental health triage </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant work roles may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community, Family, Youth, Disability, AOD, Health, Aged Care, Employment Support, Children’s services, Housing and tenancy, Case managers, Intake workers, Community development, Pastoral Care, Frontline supervisors, Team Leaders, Program Managers </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Focus of MH Connect <ul><li>Offer knowledge and skills to community workers to assist them to better understand and support people with mental health issues </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of recognition of mental health problems and appropriate referral by community support workers </li></ul><ul><li>Not to diagnose but to recognise change and focus on behaviour rather than illness </li></ul><ul><li>Wide dissemination of the principles and application of recovery orientated approaches in mental health support work </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of workplace skill development and career options in specialist mental health clinical and support work </li></ul>
  8. 8. Day 1 <ul><li>Focus is on working with people / language and consumer role </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery framework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diverse definitions of recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principles of recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dignity of Risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recovery model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worker role </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NGO and public Mental Health sector NSW / MH Act </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety / Depression / Psychosis / Personality Disorder </li></ul>
  9. 9. Day 2 <ul><li>Skill development built around stages of change (use of case studies,role plays etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Skill development includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivational interviewing (introductory) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miracle Question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scaling questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SMART Goal setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring and referral checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellness contract </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Participant Comments <ul><li>The best part of the training was the opportunity to discuss work practices with other professionals </li></ul><ul><li>A well delivered and thorough course. Well mixed up between theory and practical. Was great that we moulded activities for group wants/needs and what we wanted to get out of the course </li></ul><ul><li>Thankyou! Really enjoyed this course – has generated more interest for me re mental health. Interesting course that touches on very interesting and crucial issues! </li></ul><ul><li>Overall the training was fantastic. The delivery was great. </li></ul><ul><li>Well done to both of you!!! By all accounts you were an absolute hit - they loved the training and got a lot out of it. I’m really pleased we had the opportunity to provide this training for our staff – thank you. </li></ul>