3rd and 4th of August 2017 –  Tamworth Education Centre

This Professional Development course will support and enhance the skills and knowledge required by health care professionals across a variety of health care settings, to effectively acknowledge and respond to the complex mental health needs and psychological issues of people living with an advanced chronic and terminal illness,  and that of their family and caregivers as they approach the last year of life.

Health care professionals, especially allied health workers and Social Workers, encounter people living with the impacts of advanced chronic and terminal illness or their families and loved ones. Knowing how to screen and assess for psychological distress or mental health issues and then having access to evidence based therapeutic skills and knowledge to respond appropriately and in a timely, patient centered manner can impact positively on the individual’s quality of life and that of their loved ones.

Responding to the complex mental health and psychological needs of people living with an advanced chronic and terminal illness and that of their family and caregivers, requires specialist skills and knowledge. Evidence shows that traditional mental health responses alone are generally not effective at this stage of life and many clinicians indicate that they feel ill equipped to respond in an effective and appropriate way.

This course helps you develop the competency and confidence to:

  • work with people over all life stages, including children, young people and the elderly,  with advanced chronic and terminal illness to develop effective responses to meet their mental health concerns  and issues;
  • Understand the impact disease trajectories have on mental health and therefore understand individual responses and behaviours;
  • Screen and assess psychological and mental health problems; plan appropriate evidence based therapeutic  responses and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions; and
  • Practice in a collaborative integrative, transdisciplinary environment.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, you will:

  • Appreciate the impact the “treatment gap” has on the lives of people with advanced chronic and terminal illness, and that of their loved ones;
  • Understand the meaning people with advanced chronic and terminal illness ascribe to their symptoms, the psychological issues they face and the impact this has on their quality of life;
  • Be able to demonstrate a level of competency required to plan and facilitate the delivery of mental health interventions that are timely, appropriate and effective, and that address the deeper existential level of the patient’s life and that of their family members and loved ones;
  • Recognize the benefits and challenges of being part of a transdisciplinary team delivering patient-centred person-focused care to the Unit of Care.