The Problem with Staff Training
Psychiatric rehabilitation programs have been shown to have a significant impact on the lives of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Unfortunately, effective rehabilitation strategies are infrequently utilized by line-level staff in real-world settings. In part, this shortfall occurs because rehabilitation programs in both community-based and inpatient settings lack well-trained staff who are able to follow through with complex interventions. However, limited resources alone do not account for the poor quality of care in many rehabilitation programs. Research also suggests that employee assets are frequently squandered in treatment settings because staff members lack the required know-how to implement appropriate rehabilitation strategies. Moreover, the inability of colleagues in rehabilitation programs to work together as a functional unit prevents the successful implementation of the interventions. Training staff members in state-of-the-art rehabilitation therapies is one way to more effectively address the needs of this population.
KeywordsStaff Member Rehabilitation Program Severe Mental Illness Assertive Community Treatment Staff Training
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