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Guidance document on the provision of counselling in a primary care setting
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|Title: ||Guidance document on the provision of counselling in a primary care setting|
|Publisher: ||Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)|
|Issue Date: ||Sep-2006 |
|Description: ||Over 90% of mental health, psychological and emotional health issues are treated and
supported through primary care with a further 10% being referred on to more specialist
mental health services . The General Practitioner is ideally placed to recognise the symptoms
of distress and difficulties in the Patient and to understand these symptoms in the context
of the whole person, their general health, within their family and their community.
GPs recognise the need to offer a broader range of treatment options and need to have
confidence in the skills of fellow Primary Care Team members. Many GPs have identified the
need to offer more holistic treatments for people with psychological and mental health
needs and wish to introduce options beyond simple medication use.
In Ireland today the public are seeking high quality and evidence based treatment options
and wish to be more actively involved in their own health management and recovery.
Counselling has been proven to offer a very effective treatment option for suitable
individuals . It does not claim to offer a panacea and it must be offered by skilled and
experienced practitioners working within a recognised model of practice.
This document aims to offer guidance to providers and clinicians on the value and role of
Counselling in a Primary Care setting. This resource describes the most appropriate use of
Counselling as a treatment modality, explains its limitations and addresses qualifications
and skills. It also offers guidance on practical matters like the physical environment,
selection criteria, feedback, reporting and respecting confidentiality. Counselling must be
offered in a professional and integrated manner and colleagues in primary care need to be
assured that the service offered complies to the highest possible standard and governance.
The report's findings are based on research conducted by the HSE and ICGP and on the
learning gained from a number of pilot primary care counselling services evaluated in recent
years. The Project Team brought together a range of skills and must be congratulated on
delivering such a comprehensive, yet succinct and useful document.|
|Keywords: ||MENTAL HEALTH|
|Appears in Collections: ||Mental Health|
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