AACBT Vic Pub Discussion: Engagement: an essential component of mental health treatment
- Rachel Tindall
Learn about the latest research on how to best engage young people in mental health treatment from an experienced clinician and researcher in the field!
A pub discussion is a relaxed opportunity to observe a presentation on an interesting topic related to cognitive behavioural therapy. There are opportunities for the willing to engage in a discussion relating to the topic towards the end of the presentation.
Mental health treatment is only effective if young people and their families engage with it in a sustained manner. Engagement is a multi-faceted and complex phenomenon that fundamentally involves a relationship between clinician and client, with both parties working towards shared goals.
Research has shown that up to 46 percent of young people disengage from mental health services and subsequently do not receive treatment for their mental illness. Disengagement in this population not only affects recovery from the initial episode, but also increases the risk of the illness becoming more chronic if symptoms remain untreated. Untreated symptoms can also impact the person’s ability to participate socially and remain in education or employment.
Rachel uses qualitative research to better understanding the phenomenon of engagement, collecting data from young people, their caregivers and their treating professionals. Practical strategies are identified that can be incorporated into current treatment settings to better enhance the engagement of young people in treatment.
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