Guidance document on the provision of counselling in a primary care setting

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/246453
Title:
Guidance document on the provision of counselling in a primary care setting
Authors:
Health Service Executive (HSE). Working Group on Mental Health in Primary Care; Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)
Publisher:
Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)
Issue Date:
Sep-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/246453
Item Type:
Guideline
Language:
en
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; GENERAL PRACTICE

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHealth Service Executive (HSE). Working Group on Mental Health in Primary Careen_GB
dc.contributor.authorIrish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-01T11:53:53Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-01T11:53:53Z-
dc.date.issued2006-09-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/246453-
dc.descriptionOver 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.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)en_GB
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectGENERAL PRACTICEen_GB
dc.titleGuidance document on the provision of counselling in a primary care settingen_GB
dc.typeGuidelineen
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