Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Project

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Project Main Description
This project involves a number of components aimed at determining the current capacity of the NSW mental health workforce in the area of intellectual disability mental health, and to define the core attributes that they require to deliver a quality mental health service that meets the needs of people with an intellectual disability and co-occurring mental ill health.
The key components of this project include
  1. A survey of the NSW public mental health workforce.
  2. A Delphi study with clinical experts.
  3. Focus groups with the family members and support networks of people with an intellectual disability and co-occurring mental ill health.
  4. Interviews with people with an intellectual disability and mental ill health.
  5. Advocating for the inclusion of the attributes required to meet the needs of people with an intellectual disability within generalist competency frameworks
 
One of the key outputs of this project has been the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competencies Framework: A Manual for Mental Health Professionals.  This Framework describes the specific skills and attributes required by mental health professionals. It outlines the necessary approaches to clinical practice when working with people with an intellectual disability, identifies the Core Competencies workers require, and guides readers to resources that support professional development in intellectual disability mental health.
Current work is being undertaken to develop a practical toolkit for mental health professional to assist them with achieving the attributes described within the Framework.
 
 
Publications from this project
Weise, J., Fisher, K. R., & Trollor, J. (2016). Utility of a Modified Online Delphi Method to Define Workforce Competencies: Lessons from the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competencies Project. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 13(1), 15-22.
 
 
Related links
 
Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competencies Framework: A Manual for Mental Health Professionals home page
 
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