Therapist Training on TIMBER and Policy Implications
The ultimate impact of any new treatment modality can be gauged by not only its efficacy in the controlled situations but also by the feasibility parameters such as the accessibility and the ease with which it can be introduced into the real-world situations of its clients. There is about a 15-year lag between academic demonstration of efficacy of a treatment and the real-world uptake of that intervention. That lag is even more for treatments that can seem labor\intensive such as psychotherapeutic interventions. Hence, new therapies should demonstrate that the skill set required is transferable and can be incorporated into the routine processes of the real-life situations cost-effectively.
This chapter provides first a brief overview of the current healthcare systems with focus on the high- and middle-income countries (HMIC) and the low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Then this chapter describes briefly the role of the wellness component of TIMBER to address the issues of the stress and burn out in the physicians and healthcare staff in order to promote their wellness and improve quality of life. Finally, the therapist training process in TIMBER as well as its care delivery methods (existing and anticipated) in person or via videoconferencing for the clients at the individual, family, organization, national, and international levels is mentioned.
KeywordsTherapist training Policy implementation Healthcare delivery Early interventions Integrated care Staff wellness
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