Focused psychological strategies skills training
The FPSST package provides a clear, viable mental health skill acquisition pathway for GPs
GPs will develop skills in the provision of evidence based Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) derived from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as part of a treatment plan for common mental health problems. There are four modules:
1 : Clinical audit Antidepressant prescribing in general practice. This
structured clinical audit activity enables GPs to review their 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 their clinical practice.
2 : Cognitive behavioural therapy skills for general practice. This self paced
online module completed via the gplearning platform equips participants to
understand the theory and practice of CBT and how it can be applied to the treatment
of common issues like depression and anxiety.
3 : Case consultation. Participants will begin applying what they have learned
by providing CBT derived FPS counselling to patients in their usual practice while
being supported via online peer group case consultation sessions lead by an
experienced GP provider of FPS.
4 : Mental health consumer and carer perspectives. In this final module, GPs
will participate in a facilitated webinar in which both a mental health consumer and
carer are interviewed about their lived experiences, providing valuable insight to GPs
treating mental health conditions.
Modules 1, 2 and 3 are all CPD Accredited Activities under the RACGP CPD
Program (eligible for 40 points each) and Module 4 is a CPD Activity (eligible for 2 points The FPS ST training package is also accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC), enabling GPs to access Medicare items for providing psychological treatment services.