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

Journal Article


Abstract


  • 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. © 2011 Informa UK Ltd.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Lee, N., Jenner, L., Baker, A., Ritter, A., Hides, L., Norman, J., . . . Cameron, J. (2011). Screening and intervention for mental health problems in alcohol and other drug settings: Can training change practitioner behaviour?. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 18(2), 157-160. doi:10.3109/09687631003727847

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79952270983

Start Page


  • 157

End Page


  • 160

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • 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. © 2011 Informa UK Ltd.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Lee, N., Jenner, L., Baker, A., Ritter, A., Hides, L., Norman, J., . . . Cameron, J. (2011). Screening and intervention for mental health problems in alcohol and other drug settings: Can training change practitioner behaviour?. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 18(2), 157-160. doi:10.3109/09687631003727847

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79952270983

Start Page


  • 157

End Page


  • 160

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 2