New Text on Workforce Development

Publisher IGI Global has recently released a new volume on Workforce Development Theory and Practice in the Mental Health Sector. The book, edited by Mark Smith and Angela Jury from Te Pou, New Zealand’s workforce center on behavioral health, compiles 15 chapters on health and mental health written by experts from North America, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.

Members of the Annapolis Coalition Board of Directors and staff contributed the chapter on Behavioral Health Workforce Development in the United States. It provides an overview of the U.S. behavioral health workforce and describes seven strategic areas in which activity has been undertaken to strengthen it. The initiatives of the Annapolis Coalition are presented to highlight these strategic areas, which include: workforce assessment and planning; competency identification and development; workforce roles for persons in recovery and family members; integrated care and inter-professional collaboration; workforce development in substance use; diversity and cultural competency; and knowledge dissemination and adoption of best practices.

More information about the book can be found here.


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