Screening and intervention for mental health problems in alcohol and other drug settings: Can training change practitioner behaviour?

Lee, Nicole, Jenner, Linda, Baker, Amanda, Ritter, Alison, Hides, Leanne, Norman, Josephine, Kay-Lambkin, Frances, Hall, Kate, Dann, Fiona and Cameron, Jacqui 2011, Screening and intervention for mental health problems in alcohol and other drug settings: Can training change practitioner behaviour?, Drugs : education, prevention and policy, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 157-160.

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Title Screening and intervention for mental health problems in alcohol and other drug settings: Can training change practitioner behaviour?
Author(s) Lee, Nicole
Jenner, Linda
Baker, Amanda
Ritter, Alison
Hides, Leanne
Norman, Josephine
Kay-Lambkin, Frances
Hall, Kate
Dann, Fiona
Cameron, Jacqui
Journal name Drugs : education, prevention and policy
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 157
End page 160
Total pages 4
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0968-7637
1465-3370
Summary Aims: The comorbidity of substance use and mental health problems poses a significant challenge for alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services. In many cases, AOD practitioners do not have experience or training in identifying or managing mental health conditions. Methods: This project examined the implementation of screening and intervention practices for mental health disorders among AOD clients. Training and supervision was provided to 20 AOD practitioners across five sites in four agencies with a focus on enhancing skills in detection of, and intervention for, mental health conditions among their clients. A package developed for this purpose, known as PsyCheck, was used. A random file audit was undertaken to examine changes in detection of mental health conditions. Findings: There were significant improvements in detection after training and supervision, with detection rates almost doubling in this time. Conclusions: Training and supervision using the PsyCheck package appears to have the potential to improve mental health detection and intervention in AOD services. This study shows promise for the implementation of mental health intervention in AOD services.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052330

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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