Journal article

Skills for Psychological Recovery: Evaluation of a post-disaster mental health training program.

Darryl Wade, David Crompton, Alexandra Howard, Naomi Stevens, Olivia Metcalf, Melissa Brymer, Josef Ruzek, Patricia Watson, Richard Bryant, David Forbes

Disaster Health | Published : 2014

Abstract

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is a brief skills-based approach to assist community members to better cope after a disaster or other tragedy. This paper reports on an evaluation of a large SPR training and support program following floods and cyclones in Queensland, Australia. The program sought to recruit, train and support competent SPR trainers; provide systematic high-quality training in SPR skills for practitioners; improve the confidence of a large number of practitioners to use SPR; and encourage practitioners' use of SPR with community members. Trainers recruited to the program facilitated 49 training sessions for 788 practitioners across Queensland. Trainers were assessed b..

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