The alignment of workforce development with service user moves towards integral self‐intervention in the management of emotional states that may lead to behavioural disturbance: one Australian perspective

Daniel Nicholls (Mental Health Clinical Services Unit, Austin Health)
Mervyn Love (Mental Health Clinical Services Unit, Austin Health)
Jeffrey Daniel (Mental Health Clinical Services Unit, Austin Health)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Publication date: 1 September 2007

Abstract

This paper explores the workforce development issues that arose in the course of an Australian repeat pilot study. The aim of the pilot study was to introduce, within a different setting, a planned approach to the assessment of, and interventions in, emotional states of service users that may lead to episodes of behavioural disturbance within psychiatric units. The pilot study necessitated training of staff in the use of an assessment tool. During the course of the study, a novel element was encountered with regard to staff understanding of service user involvement in treatment. This element, presented here as 'integral self‐intervention', emerged in conjunction with the development of two wall charts: an acute arousal management process chart for staff, and a patient safety chart for service users. The paper will outline the collaborative process towards the partial realisation of this element of integral self‐intervention, and associated workforce development issues.

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Nicholls, D., Love, M. and Daniel, J. (2007), "The alignment of workforce development with service user moves towards integral self‐intervention in the management of emotional states that may lead to behavioural disturbance: one Australian perspective", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 13-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556228200700009

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