Training for in-home psychiatric disability support workers

Shepherd, Nicole and Meehan, Tom (2013) Training for in-home psychiatric disability support workers. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 8 1: 35-44. doi:10.1108/17556221311308014

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Author Shepherd, Nicole
Meehan, Tom
Title Training for in-home psychiatric disability support workers
Journal name Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-6228
2042-8707
Publication date 2013-03
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/17556221311308014
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 44
Total pages 10
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Pier Professional
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Purpose - Support workers who provide in-home support to people with psychiatric disability are becoming a significant part of the mental health workforce. Research is needed to establish the optimum level and content of training they need to effectively carry out their role. Design/methodology/approach - This paper reports on this paper is to draw on the results of a survey of 104 support workers and interviews with 18 support workers and eight managers in Queensland, Australia, who provide in-home support for people with psychiatric disability. The authors describe the training undertaken by these workers and their perceptions of the adequacy of this training in relation to the challenges of their work. Findings - The majority of support workers felt they had adequate training, though many expressed the desire to know more about mental illness symptoms, medications and the concept of recovery. Support workers nominated motivating their clients and managing challenging behaviour as the most difficult aspect of the job. Future training offered to these workers needs to focus on increasing knowledge about mental illness and the concept of recovery, and supporting them in their work with clients who have low levels of motivation and/or challenging behaviours. Access to professional supervision may also be of benefit. Originality/value - This paper adds to knowledge about the training needs of support workers who provide in-home support to people with psychiatric disability. These findings will be useful for practitioners and decision makers who are considering the training needs of this group.
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