Online Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training

Online Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training

Fully online, accredited training.

RACGP Rural’s Online Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST) package provides GPs with essential training to enable them to become a GP provider of Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) and provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-derived counselling to patients in their practice.

This flexible, fully online and accredited training package uses technology, peer learning groups and locally available resources to provide GPs with access to complete all the requirements of FPS ST, without leaving their home or practice. 

The Online FPS ST package is completed over 14 weeks. 
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You must:

  • have completed Level 1 Mental Health Skills Training (MHST)*
  • be working in general practice.

*Accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC).

The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) is currently offering GPs a training subsidy that covers part of the cost of completing accredited Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST). The subsidy is limited and subject to availability.

Eligible GPs will be reimbursed $600 once they complete the requirements for the Online FPS ST package and register as GP providers of FPS with Medicare Australia.

For more information on the FPS training subsidy, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the GPMHSC website.

For Queensland GPs only – RACGP Queensland is offering a number of limited places for Queensland GPs in Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2–7 the opportunity to complete Focussed Psychological Strategies Skills Training (FPS ST).

Each training package ($1,279 incl. GST) will fully fund members to complete RACGP Rural’s Online FPS ST. This program is funded by the generosity of a Northern Australia Primary Health Limited (NAPHL) grant.

For more information on the NAPHL grant, including eligibility criteria, visit the RACGP Queensland website.

Places are limited so submit an expression of interest today to secure your fully funded placement.

 

The training package is comprised of four modules:

Module 1: Clinical audit – Antidepressant prescribing in general practice
This structured clinical audit activity allows you to review your use of antidepressant medications against best practice guidelines, consider non-pharmacological treatment options, and use this information to develop and implement quality improvement strategies in your clinical practice.

Module 2: Cognitive behavioural therapy skills for general practice
This online module, completed on gplearning is designed to provide you with an understanding on the theory and practice of CBT and how it can be applied to the treatment of common issues like depression and anxiety.

Module 3: FPS Case consultation
You’ll begin applying what you have learned by providing CBT-derived FPS counselling to patients in your practice while being supported via online/teleconference peer group case consultation sessions lead by an experienced GP provider of FPS. You’ll be allocated to a case-based discussion group and required to participate in all four allocated case-based discussion teleconference sessions (these are typically held fortnightly from 7:30-9:30 pm on a weeknight).

Module 4: Mental health consumer and carer perspective
In this module, you’ll participate in a facilitated webinar in which both a mental health consumer and carer are interviewed about their lived experiences, providing valuable insight to into the treatment and management of common mental health conditions.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Discuss the range of evidence-based FPS and the rationale for their use in different clinical circumstances

  2. Apply communication skills specific to working with patients with mental illness and reflect on own practice

  3. Identify own patients with diagnosed anxiety and depression and review own practice against established standards of practice.

  4. Identify ways in which GPs can respond to the needs of consumers and carers.

The online training package has GPMHSC accreditation and on completion GPs can register with Medicare as FPS providers and access FPS related MBS numbers 2721, 2723, 2725 and 2727.

For more information on becoming a GP provider of FPS, please visit the GPMHSC website.

Upcoming intakes

8 April – 15 July 2024

Cost
RACGP Member $1,279 (Inc GST)
Non-member $1,579 (Inc GST)

3 June – 9 September 2024

Cost
RACGP Member $1,279 (Inc GST)
Non-member $1,579 (Inc GST)
 

15 July – 21 October 2024

Cost
RACGP Member $1,279 (Inc GST)
Non-member $1,579 (Inc GST)
 

26 August – 2 December 2024

Cost
RACGP Member $1,279 (Inc GST)
Non-member $1,579 (Inc GST)
 

14 October 2024 – 27 January 2025

Cost
RACGP Member $1,279 (Inc GST)
Non-member $1,579 (Inc GST)

25 November 2024 – 3 March 2025

Cost
RACGP Member $1,279 (Inc GST)
Non-member $1,579 (Inc GST)

CPD

 

The online training package is a CPD Approved Activity under the RACGP CPD Program (eligible for 26 CPD hours)




Enquiries

For further details please contact the Rural team on:

1800 636 764
ruralmentalhealth@racgp.org.au