Pradeep is an occupational therapist with experience in a range of mental health settings
Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems
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Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition that affects motor function, communication, and daily living activities. Individuals with cerebral palsy are also at an increased risk of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, fear and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, while the physical aspects of cerebral palsy are widely recognised, its impact on mental health can go unnoticed. Untreated mental health issues can affect quality of life, participation in social activities and academic or work performance. There is, therefore, a need for increased awareness and improved access to mental health services for individuals with cerebral palsy. Evidence-based treatments for mental health issues in individuals with cerebral palsy include medication, psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. As will be highlighted in this course, a multidisciplinary approach to treatment is essential, and many members of the rehabilitation team can play a role in recognising and addressing mental health issues.
The course aims to increase awareness of the mental health needs of individuals with cerebral palsy. It also aims to highlight the need for a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation that considers both physical and mental health in individuals with cerebral palsy.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Video 1: Mental Health Considerations with Cerebral Palsy
- Reading activity
- Video 2: Professional Roles in Mental Health and Cerebral Palsy
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.