Brief Services – Foundational Principles and Therapeutic Approaches
This self-paced e-learning course focuses on “Brief Services”, one of the eight core services identified by the MCYS as part of the system transformation initiative, Moving on Mental Health. Participants will learn the foundational principles of brief service interventions, which unlike traditional therapeutic approaches, are quick, culturally responsive and focus on the client’s strengths and promoting shared decision-making with clients.
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- Describe the three key aspects of brief services: philosophy, range of service delivery mechanisms and compatible therapeutic approaches.
- Explain the necessary paradigm shift required to successfully implement brief services: from deficit focused to competency-based
- Explain how to work collaboratively and transparently with clients in brief services so as to use their own knowledge and abilities to achieve the desired change
- Describe the therapeutic approaches that are effective in brief services, and why
- Discuss the evaluation and research data that are currently informing the field regarding what is effective
- Describe the perspective of today’s youth regarding participating in a strengths-based approach to the therapeutic process
This course was developed through collaboration between Hincks-Dellcrest Gail Appel Institute, mindyourmind and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario.
The Hincks-Dellcrest Gail Appel Institute is on a mission to build knowledge and capacity in children’s and families’ mental health through education and outreach. They offer continuing education for those who work with children and their families in a variety of mental health professions. They also provide community training programs for those who work with and care for children every day. The Institute was established in 1986 to respond to the challenge of improving mental health care for children, by providing advanced training, research and community consultation in the area of children’s mental health. Since that time the volume and scope of the Institute’s activities has grown – it now offers a wide range of educational activities to over 4000 professionals and countless parents, teachers, and other caregivers annually.
mindyourmind is an award-winning, non-profit mental health program that engages youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to co-develop reliable and relevant resources.These resources are designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and increase access and use of community support, both professional and peer-based.Through the use of active engagement, best practice and technology, mindyourmind inspires youth to reach out, get help and give help. Click on their logo to visit the website.
Through this collaboration two consultants, Jim Duvall and Karen Young, were brought on board to construct this online course. Read more about Jim and Karen below.
Jim Duvall M.Ed., R.S.W. operates Dockside Clinical Consulting in Galveston, Texas. He is the former Director of Training at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, The Gail Appel Institute and he continues to serve in the role of consultant and adjunct faculty with the Institute. He is also the Senior Editor of the Journal of Systemic Therapies. He has been involved in the study brief therapy and brief narrative therapy for over thirty-five years through clinical practice, research projects and teaching activities. He has served as co-investigator in numerous research projects investigating the characteristics and effects of brief service delivery. Those projects included collaborative partnerships with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work and University of Western Ontario, Kings College. He has taught hundreds of workshops and courses regarding the theory and application of brief and narrative therapies in Canada, United States, Asia and Australia. Jim has authored and co-authored numerous articles, manuals and a book chapter. He was lead author on the recent policy paper, (Duvall, J., Young, K., Kays-Burden, A., 2012) No more, no less: Brief mental health services for children and youth, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth (website) Ottawa, ON. His book, Innovations in Narrative Therapy: Connecting Practice, Training and Research,(Duvall & Beres), was released with W.W. Norton & Company in 2011 and is the first book to integrate practice, training and research with narrative therapy, resulting in a compelling evidence base.
Karen Young, MSW/RSW is a faculty member with the Hincks-Dellcrest Institute and Manager of Clinical Services at Reach Out Centre for Kids. She is a therapist with 30 years of experience, using narrative practices for 25 years. Karen has provided brief and narrative training to agencies throughout Canada and internationally and assisted many to initiate their own walk-in clinics. Karen has numerous publications regarding narrative therapy, research, and walk-in therapy including the book chapters “When All the Time You Have is Now: Re-visiting practices and narrative therapy at a walk-in clinic”, in Innovations in Narrative Therapy: Connecting Practice, Training and Research (Duvall, J. & Beres, L, 2011), and “Narrative practices at a walk-in clinic” in When One Hour Is All You Have: Effective Therapy for Walk-in Clients (Slive, A. & Bobele, M., 2011). She recently co-authored the policy paper, No more, no less: Brief Mental Health Services for Children and Youth (Duvall, J., Young, K., Kays-Burden, A., 2012) for the Ontario Centre of Excellence. In 2014 Karen was the lead researcher in the Brief Services Evaluation project in Ontario. She has particular expertise in the application of narrative in brief and walk-in therapies. Karen is regarded as a trainer who conveys brief narrative ideas in very clear and usable ways.