3-week training program in mental health education offered to hospital staff

Sharp Grossmont Hospital workers pose for a team photo before the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds died in April. Photo by Chris Stone

Rady Children’s Hospital and two San Diego universities have teamed up to develop a personalized mental and behavioral health education workforce training program for hospital staff, it was announced Thursday.

The three-week program, developed by the hospital, National University’s Workforce Education Solutions and Northcentral University is offered to reception and emergency staff as well as nurses and support staff, both clinical and non-clinical.

More than 1,200 employees have taken part in the online training modules made available to Rady Children employees. The universities – affiliated with the National University System’s network of private non-profit universities – have collaborated to develop the module-based behavioral health curriculum with programs including behavioral health and nursing.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego with immediate workforce training that meets the needs of families and patients,” said Chris Graham, president of Workforce Education Solutions.

“In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to ensure that our healthcare workers and support staff have access to resources immediately applicable to our current environment and the needs of our community. We strongly believe in the ability of education and training to meet the needs of employers, encourage workforce preparation and ultimately improve our communities, ”he said declared.

The online course integrates behavioral health programs, with topics identified and tailored to the needs of hospital employees, patients and families. These needs include raising awareness and recognition of mental and behavioral health issues, reducing mental health stigma, and improving coping and resilience capacities.

Custom content created by the faculty and support teams at Northcentral University designed and uploaded the content to an online platform.

“In this time of crisis, there has been a marked increase in mental health and stress behaviors, making the expertise of our faculty more valuable than ever. I’m very proud of how we’ve partnered with Rady Children’s Hospital to make this happen – and in such a short time, ”said John LaNear, president and director of studies at Northcentral University.

The program lasts 16 hours and includes 14 hours of self-paced learning and 2 hours of online peer-faculty collaboration. Staff who complete the program earn 16 continuing education credit hours that can be used to meet professional licensing requirements.

“We saw the need for all of our staff, not just those in behavioral health, to be trained to have a deeper understanding of key areas of mental health in order to provide additional support to our patients and families. throughout their time with us. Said Domonique Hensler, senior director of care overhaul and mental health integration planning at Rady.

– City information service

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