Lightning Talk Description:: Mental health is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realize their abilities, learn and work well, and contribute to their community. Consistent with the Quadruple Aim, addressing wellbeing and preventing burnout are essential components of education and practice. Health Sciences learners face unique barriers in maintaining mental health related to their education demands, geographic distribution, and the clinical learning environment. Stigma and long wait times for traditional mental health clinic appointments compound these challenges.
To address these concerns and improve student awareness of the importance of mental health, an interprofessional team of Student Affairs leaders in the University of Minnesota Health Science Schools developed and implemented an embedded counseling program based upon Attachment Theory. Counseling services are housed within one or two Schools, allowing counselors to understand the unique needs of the students along with program-specific requirements. The counseling programs use a short-term or “bridging” model where students are seen for either a temporary need or are transitioned to outside counseling for longitudinal services.
Counselors develop awareness of high stress periods in each of the educational programs which enables opportunity for proactive outreach. Counselors also provide insight into systemic issues that impact student mental health within our educational settings, serving as consultants to administration and educators. Overall feedback collected to date supports the effectiveness of these embedded resources in terms of increased access for students, responsiveness, and positive evaluation of services received.
The creation of the program faced unique challenges. Examples include creating a mental health clinic within an academic unit, sharing an embedded role across programs, financial constraints, recruiting, supporting, and retaining staff, and navigating confidentiality concerns.
This seminar will provide an overview of interprofessional collaboration in addressing mental health for health professional students at the University of Minnesota. Speakers will describe each of their programs and suggest practical applications for those interested in the development of similar programs at their institutions. Faculty, staff, and student-level educational sessions and consultations are important points of discussion. Data on provider access, service utilization, and barriers to implementation will all be presented as well.
Attendees will understand the need for attuned mental health services, how they might address the development challenges at their own institutions, and consider how they might establish a similar service. Opportunity to engage with the speakers during an active question and answer session will be included.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (National Center OICPD). The National Center OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
The National Center OICPD (JA#: 4008105) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs).
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
Learners can claim CE credit by completing the Daily Evaluation.