ACPMH has a strong commitment to applied training that leads to effective and sustainable improvements in the day-to-day practice of clinicians as they support people's emotional recovery after an experience of trauma. Within the rigour of a research framework, the following studies attempt to address real-world problems by helping to translate research findings into treatment approaches that are acceptable and accessible for clinicians, and that result in improved client outcomes.
NICS/ Sexual Assault Fellowship
Despite strong evidence for their effectiveness, best practice interventions for PTSD are often not used by clinicians. ACPMH was sponsored by the National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) to conduct a training and practice implementation program with the aim of increasing the use of trauma-focussed interventions amongst clinicians working in Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA) and the VVCS. The objective of the program was to improve health care by getting the best available evidence from health and medical research into everyday practice. We identified a range of practitioner, client, and organisational barriers to adopting best practice. In collaboration with VVCS and CASA, these barriers were examined with the aim of developing a package to aid organisations in implementing best practice assessment and treatment approaches with minimal additional assistance.
DVA-funded Mental Health Practitioners Training initiative
This initiative aimed to increase the competency of secondary care providers delivering community-based treatment for veterans. ACPMH designed and delivered training in using a case formulation approach, which provides a framework for providers to think more systematically about clients with comorbid presentations. The learning collaborative model of training was selected as research demonstrates that programs which require active participation and ongoing learning activities are more likely to result in lasting practice change. Evaluation of the program involved the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data from a range of sources, including the participants themselves, the trainers, and relevant stakeholders.
ACPMH conducts a number of different types of literature reviews for organisations and agencies. These reviews allow us to combine our expertise in the trauma field with our expertise in conducting literature reviews. Rapid reviews are conducted within a short time frame with the aim of addressing specific questions. Annual reviews are conducted to provide a review of important literature published in the preceding 12 months. Systematic reviews are conducted to comprehensively address specific questions. All these forms of literature reviews act to translate evidence so it can be used by organisations, agencies or the broader community.