Adoption Competency Training: A New Goal For Mental Health Professionals

Orr: Mental Health First Aid funding will help raise awareness

“Well, I sure hope they were typical; I sure hope you can extrapolate from what you learned from them for everybody!” RECOMMENDED: Mental health in the US: New ideas on care emerge The Donald Adoption Institute’s report, ” A Need to Know: Enhancing Adoption Competence Among Mental Health Professionals ” is aimed squarely at those in the profession. Pertman explains that while there are a number of programs aimed at teaching mental health care professionals about counseling adoptees and adoptive families, there is a need to get psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers talking about the need to study up on the issue. “We understand what’s needed, we’re starting to build it, but until we build sufficient demand, it won’t do the good that it should,” says Pertman. “I’m hoping professionals will take this to heart and blog about it, put it on their pages, and start talking about – because nothing’s going to happen if that doesn’t.” “A Need to Know” lays out many of opportunities (such as distance education) and challenges confronting advocates of adoption competency training. Pertman views the problem as profound enough that, he argues, it should move beyond continuing education into the core of education for health care professionals, so that as they begin their careers they start with an awareness of the unique challenges.
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And while the whole premise of the program has been to train front-line responders, judges and probation officers, Orr said he would like include to include teachers. Were going to work with the Board of Education because teachers have to take elective, continuing-education credits, he said. Sponsorships available Support & let thousands of daily readers know your business cares about creating a HEALTHIER, MORE INFORMED Tucson Steven Nagle, a training specialist at the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, said Mental Health First Aid has helped in Tucson, where 87 training sessions have been held since March 2011. It has an impact on the community because people become more aware of signs and symptoms of mental health issues, so its easier for them to identify somebody who might need help, he said.
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Now Medical Student Training Will Involve LGBT Mental Health

In particular, interns will be given the opportunity to participate in rotations that include training to meet the needs of LGBT clients; working with gay and bisexual men who are dealing with HIV/AIDS and the specific mental health challenges that arise as a result; providing care to low income LGBTs who are dealing with serious mental health issues; and contributing to LGBT public health research and services. At $556,000, the program might sound expensive. However, there is a wealth of evidence that demonstrates LGBTs taken as a group are particularly at risk of serious mental health issues that result from widespread discrimination and stigma. What is more, they are less likely to seek treatment partly because of the fear of facing discrimination from health professionals. One issue that, thanks to relatively recent new stories, readily comes to mind is of course suicide and depression risk. Studies have shown depression, anxiety and suicide inclination to be around 2-3 times higher among LGB people than the general population, and significantly higher than even that among trans people .
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