Clinical Science Forum
Beyond the Guild: Innovative Models to Expand Dissemination Science in Mental Health
Thursday, May 23, 2013,
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Changes in mental health services consequent to healthcare reform shift responsibility from solo practices staffed by single clinicians to regionalized networks that include a wide variety of providers—pediatricians, school staff, social workers, healthcare workers, family support specialists, to name a few. These system changes, in turn, call for a shift in thinking away from discipline-specific training paradigms to integrative approaches that use exaptation as a means to borrow ideas, methods, and strategies for advancing dissemination. This symposium will highlight new models and settings for dissemination. Three models will be presented focused on promoting mental health in non-traditional settings. These models deemphasize mental health care delivered in hospitals and clinics and emphasize instead support in natural settings, expansion of the workforce to acknowledge naturally existing supports, and realignment of mental health resources away from a focus on symptom reduction to identification of key predictors that promote successful adaptation. Implications for new models of mental health research and practice will be discussed.