Youth Mental Health
The Youth Mental Health online training module covers essential skills and knowledge needed when seeing young people as a social worker, including best-practice recommendations and resources about:
- Engaging young people
- Borderline Personality Disorder
It is engaging, interactive, and evidence-informed, with a range of interesting cases. The training also links to helpful clinical resources, including videos of consultations and interviews with healthcare professionals, other experts and young people. The development of the training modules involved significant consultation with subject matter experts, healthcare providers, young people and family and friends representatives. All modules have a mental health component and address specific considerations for treating young people who identify as coming from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, or as LGBTIQ+. The training is completely free for allied health workers.
- Identify ways to improve the engagement of young people, including the discussion of confidentiality, to improve treatment adherence and long term treatment success.
- Assess, monitor and manage anxiety-related disorders, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder and Psychosis, and use a collaborative approach to treatment with the inclusion of all Mental Health Practitioners participating in care.
- Understand appropriate Mental Health Screening tools to help formulate evidence-based care plans for young people and recognise the impact a mental health disorder diagnosis may have on a young person.
- Discuss how to ensure young people's safety by developing appropriate referral pathways and being aware of the indications for referral for specialist services.
- Identify and understand the need for family to be involved in the treatment process, including when and how to incorporate these support networks with the permission of the young person.
- Recognise the need to alter treatment to cater for young people from diverse backgrounds, including the need for culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and effective engagement techniques for young people who identify as LGBTIQ.