This project focuses on current challenges faced by interdisciplinary teams of mental health care in the vicinity of Antwerp. The expectations are high as health care workers are expected to offer the same quality of tailor made care with reduced physical or direct support. These challenges are situated on three levels: macro, meso and microlevel. This changed environment is created by the so called socialization of care, more articulated care recipients, crises which are reinforced by social trends such as terrorist attacks and the refugee crisis, evolving family structures, market principles in mental health care ....
Mobile mental health teams need to respond in a flexible and appropriate way and take into account guidelines, quality regulations and pitfalls while at the same time taking care for one another and for themselves. These outreaching teams intervene in mental crisis situations which is a quite new and challenging method and creates specific expectations and expertise.
This research examines the factors that make health teams, both at the team level and the individual level, successfully cope with these contexts. It also examines what they need to be able to continue to provide qualitative care and operate at the expected level.
The research focuses on possible methodologies that strengthen teams or individuals to confront the current challenges. It also looks at the content and tools that can be offered within a curriculum in order to train health teams to be able to deal with current challenges more effectively.
This project results in a formation module. Starting from the consultation of the various parties and the scientific evidence, there is a proposal for the content of this module. A scientific approach was chosen to achieve inventory of barriers and facilitating factors. Afterwards, the exercise will be done to translate the identified methodologies and tools to a curriculum (3ECTS) .
Download here the syllabus compiled during the project, which contains the theoretical foundations and practical tools.