How to use mental health measurement questionnaires: six steps to good practice

How to use mental health measurement questionnaires: six steps to good practice

Revitalise your passion for using feedback and measurement tools to support young people with this online training. This module is presented by CORC regional officer Lee Atkins, and centres on the experience and perspectives of two young people, Anand and Sam, in sharing the essentials of using measures effectively to improve care and support.

Ideal as a refresher or as part of staff induction, the training identifies the six simple and achievable steps to using mental health measurement questionnaires in a person-centred way as part of open and collaborative practice, including:
1. Using a suitable tool for the job
2. Being familiar with the measurement questionnaire
3. Preparing to introduce it
4. Using it to explore and to understand with the child or young person
5. Preparing to give feedback and discuss responses and scores
6. Plan ahead

Lee Atkins says: “It can be fairly easy to fall into the trap of using outcome and feedback measures in ways that do not lead to the expected benefits associated with using them. Our starting point for understanding the best effective practice around measures was to listen to young people, particularly ex-service users, to understand what works and what causes challenges. This module is based upon work with young people and practitioners and aims to break the process of using measures effectively down into six easy-to-follow steps that can be followed in practice.”

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Our free online training modules and resources are for anyone looking for information on how to measure children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The modules are between 10 – 30 minutes each and look at different aspects from using measures effectively and collaboratively with young people to tackling common barriers to implementation and how to interpret outcome data.

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