Brief Interventions in Youth Mental Health Toolkit (BIT)

The Brief Intervention Toolkit (BIT) trains youth mental health clinicians in schools to deliver evidence-based psychosocial interventions to young people with mild to moderate mental health concerns.

  • Tier: Tier 2: Early Intervention Cohort Specific Support
  • Type of intervention: Therapeutic programs
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3: Foundational and emerging evidence for program
  • Geographic location: State-wide

Program description

The Orygen Brief Intervention Toolkit (BIT) provides training for youth mental health clinicians working in schools to deliver psychosocial intervention to young people.

The toolkit provides 9 evidence-informed modules to use with and support young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns. The toolkit focusses on mental wellbeing and skill development such as:

  • exercise
  • sleep
  • mindfulness and relaxation
  • problem solving
  • understanding and managing my moods
  • communicating with confidence.

Intended outcomes

  • Increased clinician confidence, knowledge and skills to undertake interventions for young people with mild to moderate mental health concerns
  • Improved timely access to evidenced based interventions for young people
  • Symptomatic relief and reduced psychological distress of young people
  • Improved mental and functional health of young people

Program details

Target audienceSecondary school students
Program providerOrygen
Delivery mode
  • Face-to-face
  • Online
  • Combination of face-to-face and online

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Youth mental health clinicians working in schools.
  • Program adaptability: A pre-program Qualtrics survey will be used to understand participant level of skill and experience in delivering psychosocial therapies to young people, to adapt the training to meet the needs of participants. The survey will include questions about the demographics of the school to incorporate this into tailored case studies.
  • Staffing: As this training package targets youth mental health clinicians working in schools, backfill staffing is not necessary for the delivery of training.
  • Training requirements: The training can be delivered face to face or virtually, with clinicians choosing how to allocate the virtual training package over different days and times to minimise time taken from seeing students in school. Clinicians participate in a minimum of one reflective practice session post training. Virtual training requires access to a computer, internet connection, Microsoft Teams or Zoom and a quiet space if training, while face-to-face delivery requires a suitable venue.
  • Factors to consider: The number of participants can vary from one clinician to a cohort of clinicians across different schools.
  • Australian context: The program has been developed and applied in Australia.

Cost

Item cost

$5000+

Detailed cost

The price of the program is $7,813 (inc. GST). One support session is included in the program cost, additional sessions are $302.50 (inc. GST) per hour.

Travel costs are calculated based on booking accommodation, booking flights if required and a pre-determined cost of using fleet cars.

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