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- OhioGuidestone’s Lamparyk Publishes Paper on Importance of Interprofessional Skills in Community Mental Health Services
Dr. Katherine Lamparyk, OhioGuidestone’s Director of Clinical Training and Development and a Clinical Fellow at the Institute of Family & Community Impact, recently published a paper on the ways clinicians can utilize interprofessional skills to improve community mental health. Her article, “Interprofessionalism as a Cross-Cutting Skill: A Perspective on Transitioning from Academic Medicine to Community Behavioral Health,” appears in this year’s edition of The Ohio Psychologist, published by the Ohio Psychological Association. Through her insightful perspective, Dr. Lamparyk details her own experiences and how interprofessional skills translate into community-based services such as OhioGuidestone’s. She particularly focuses on why these skills play an important role in whole health — physical, mental, and social. Additionally, as she notes, “The skills and values of a psychologist make us uniquely primed for leadership and advocacy efforts outside the direct clinical work we have been trained for.” Leveraging collaborative relationships between health providers as well as their patients is key, Dr. Lamparyk argues. That way, providers can treat people as whole persons who are part of dynamic communities. Even better, it can help empower clients to gain the kind of transformative care they need. Whether care is provided in academic medical settings or community mental health services, interprofessional skills can help build a better, more holistic model of healthcare. The Institute of Family & Community Impact is a initiative of OhioGuidestone, one of Ohio’s largest behavioral health agencies. From research to products to clinical innovations, we provide tools for mental health treatment. For questions or more info, email us at IFCI@ohioguidestone.org.
Cultural humility — whether seen as the foundation of cultural competence or the garden in which cross-cultural relationships grow — is necessary for all behavioral health providers. It is closely entwined with trauma-informed care and therapeutic alliance, as vital keys to unlocking the best possible patient outcomes. Thus, healthcare organizations of all stripes should not merely make cultural humility a type of program or component of their training, but infuse it into every aspect of their operations. A desire to learn and an attitude of respect toward all the many intersecting cultures will enhance care and benefit both clinician and client, particularly those in underserved or marginalized communities. Our white paper, “Humble Before the Culture: The Power of Immersive, Ongoing Multicultural Learning for Behavioral Health Professionals,” serves as an introduction to cultural humility and a resource guide for clinical training and supervision. In it, we define cultural humility and highlight its importance in building therapeutic relationships. Then, we offer resources for cultural competency training and further exploration of innovative clinical frameworks and models. Read this white paper at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers/cultural-humility. You also can view and download all our white papers at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers. The Institute of Family & Community Impact is a initiative of OhioGuidestone, one of Ohio’s largest behavioral health agencies. From research to products to clinical innovations, we provide tools for mental health treatment. For questions or more info, email us at IFCI@ohioguidestone.org.
Substance use disorder and mental health treatment via telehealth has abruptly become a necessary means of health care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, substance use disorder is on the rise, likely due in part by the social isolation and added stress of the pandemic. Thus, in order to respond adequately to the need for substance use disorder treatment, telehealth options are a must for clients. While the technological ability for providers to reach clients remotely can potentially make an extreme impact moving forward, clients need reliable and consistent access to the internet for telehealth to work effectively. Our latest white paper, “An Evolution of Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment: The Post-Pandemic Need for Technological Change,” is a call for policymakers and advocates to push for improved broadband infrastructure and internet accessibility for all Ohioans. While we need to research and learn more about telehealth-delivered treatment, telehealth has provided an opportunity for many clients, especially those who are most isolated or face disparities in healthcare accessibility, to gain access to treatment they otherwise would not have. Read this white paper at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers/suds-and-telehealth-post-pandemic. You also can view and download all our white papers at familyandcommunityimpact.org/white-papers. The Institute of Family & Community Impact is a initiative of OhioGuidestone, one of Ohio’s largest behavioral health agencies. From research to products to clinical innovations, we provide tools for mental health treatment. For questions or more info, email us at IFCI@ohioguidestone.org.
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