Education and Training Resources for the Educator
There is a range of existing resources available to make clinical education in the mental health setting a success including training for the educator, training for the student, practical hints and formal guidelines. This is a start on what is currently available:
Embedding Recovery in Queensland Mental Health Services.
A Health Workforce Australia funded project completed by Central Queensland University developed an excellent training package and associated resources for clinical educators working in mental health to advance core education skills specifically using the Recovery Model approach to practice. There are eight video clips that enhance the understanding of roles within the recovery approach, practical requirements for a placement and service delivery methods within community based mental health to assist both the practice educator and student as follows:
- Role of five professions - Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Registered Nursing, Psychology and Psychiatry
- Role of student and fieldwork educator
- A consumer's journey
- What to expect in the non-clinical setting
- Demystifying recovery, including the lived experience, professional role, challenges for consumers, and overcoming student fears
- Tips for students to prepare for fieldwork in a non-clinical setting
- Up close and personal - a description of the community based 'Peer Engaged Assisted Recovery Lifestyles (PEARL) program run by FSG Australia
The Victorian based resource website have an online learning module for supervising students in the mental health setting, including evidence based recommendations and videos to assist with your learning. You need a login but anyone is allowed to access this program. There is an excellent case study involving a complex student reaction to a complex patient situation, incorporating the use of social media and team dynamics. An excellent reflection process for a ‘worse-case scenario’ prior to taking on a student. Note that the focus of this module is acute illness in an inpatient setting.
Clinical Supervision Guidelines for Mental Health Services, as part of the Queensland Plan for Mental Health 2007 – 2017
For overarching principles of supervising Allied Health clinicians in the Mental Health setting, Queensland Health (2009) completed the Clinical Supervision Guidelines for Mental Health Services as part of the Queensland Plan for Mental Health 2007 – 2017. The Clinical Supervision Guidelines for Mental Health Services provides a standardised, generic and flexible statewide approach to clinical supervision for all mental health professionals involved in mental health service delivery. Some of the information in the staff based guidelines can be adapted to the student context but an awareness that fundamentally this resource is aimed at a qualified staff level is also necessary.
Supervisor’s toolkit for Mental Health practitioners
The Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning (2008) also compiled a supervisor’s toolkit for Mental Health practitioners. This kit has a comprehensive collection of self-administered scales that can be used to assess readiness for supervision, evaluation of supervisor, supervisee and the supervision itself. Suggested templates for supervision agreements and agendas are also included. Though predominantly for the supervision of clinicians and not students, it may be a good place to start for self-evaluation with respect to your own skills and needs prior to taking on a student.
Consider your own practice. What resources does your workplace provide? What strategies do you have to support a student in the workplace? What might you need to improve your clinical education experience? Make a list prior to commencing a placement. Ask your colleagues what they think that your workplace can offer. Are there any available University based training sessions to help you up skill prior to placement commencing?
Some additional considerations specific to mental health as suggested by mental health practitioners, are featured in the topics below.
Clinical Supervision Guidelines for Mental Health Services (2009), Retrieved from Queensland Health: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/qcmhl/Supervision/superguide_2009.pdf
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning (2008). Supervision Training 2008 - Supervisor Toolkit. Retrieved from http://www.health.qld.gov.au/qcmhl/Supervision/SuperTool.pdf