Mental Health is an area rich with experiences for a student to learn a comprehensive range of skills. Different settings mean that no two mental health placements are the same.
Benefits include strengthening the network within and across various health settings, sharing of up to date information to enhance consumer care and increasing sustainability of the mental health workforce. Common challenges include difficult behaviours, being time poor and a broad range of clientele. It is important for a clinical educator to feel confident supervising students in potentially delicate situations to ensure the student experience is rewarding, as a positive mental health placement may lead to a future desire to work in this setting.
The mental health setting can offer a variety of experiences, and there are several practical resources that may help you prepare for supervising a student in this setting. There are many benefits, some challenges and ways of tackling these challenges to ensure a successful outcome for student placements within mental health.
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