Transferring psychological therapy education into practice: a complex systems analysis

Mcgonagle, Ian and Jackson, Christine (2016) Transferring psychological therapy education into practice: a complex systems analysis. In: International Scientific Conference Proceedings: Research and Education in Nursing, 16 June 2016, Mirabor.

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This paper reports on a national study exploring the
transfer of education to practice. A competence based
programme of education in Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy to treat patients with Depression and Anxiety
was delivered to a cohort of health professionals who
became participants in this study. This study reports on
the challenges and enablers that play a role in the
transfer of education in healthcare practice.
A qualitative study design was developed to explore the
views of nurse therapists on the enablers and barriers in
transferring new knowledge and skills to their practice.
The cohort of individuals enrolled on a new education
programme consisted of 64 nurses and other therapists.
In order to explore the complex issues face to face
interviews with 18 individuals were conducted and
reported through thematic analysis.
A number of themes emerged which provided the
opportunity to examine the complexity and challenge of
healthcare workers making use of new skills and
knowledge in dynamic work environments. The themes
identified a number of enablers and barriers to effective
transfer in challenging and complex nursing
Discussion and conclusion
The role of supervision was viewed as having a critical
function in supporting nurse therapists’ transfer their
university based newly developed skills to clinical
practice. The practice environment was viewed a highly
complex field which contained a number of barriers to
effective educational transfer. Supervision of practice
emerged as a major theme but variation in its delivery
inhibited fidelity to learning transfer over time.

Keywords:Transfer of learning, cognitive behaviour therapy, Supervision, Mental Health, Conplexity
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:23332
Deposited On:09 Jul 2016 16:24

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