There is a global need to provide human resources for health in low- and middle-income countries. To increase access to care, task shifting has been implemented in community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programs where skills and responsibilities are transferred to local people with shorter and more focused training. Through realist review and synthesis, this research aimed to consolidate the literature when considering (a) what skills CBR workers are reportedly using and/or being trained in relating to mental health, (b) how different settings affect how these task shifting programs work, and (c) the evidence of effectiveness when community health workers come from within the community itself. A total of 11 databases (PubMed, ABI/Inform Global, CINAHL, Cochrane, Emerald, Google Scholar, PsycINFO, SAGE, Science Direct, Scopus, and Web of Science) were systematically searched for specific terms relating to mental health, CBR, and low- and middle-income country. A total of 27 publications were identified as fitting the criteria (4 qualitative, 20 quantitative including 10 randomized controlled trials, and 3 noninvestigatory editorials). Core skills have been identified along with themes that affect how programs work in particular contexts. The use of task shifting in this area may be a potentially viable option for increasing access to mental health care. This resulted in the development of a theory to explain the outcomes being observed. When Task-shifting mental health intervention skills collaboration, harnessing resources available within the community, and the provision of ongoing supervision interact to influence awareness gains, social bonding, the building of trust, and the development of skills and understanding within the community itself. This effects intervention buy-in, overall effectiveness and sustainability, mental health symptoms and local empowerment. These findings can be considered when developing training programs for CBR mental health workers, as well as policy and intervention program design. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)
Mac MacLachlan, Director, ALL Institute publishes new article in International Perspectives in Psychology
Let’s Get Digital – Tackling Digital Poverty for all in South Dublin
Dr Katriona O’Sullivan and Neasa Boyle, Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute and Department of Psychology, have recently published a research report entitled ‘Let's Get Digital’. The research describes the South Dublin County Partnership (SDCP) and Microsoft Ireland partnered programme which has been able to reach, and digitally empower, marginalized groups from across the region.
Date: Friday, 19 May 2023
VACANCY: ALL Institute Project DANCING is Recruiting for a Research Assistant.
VACANCY: Project DANCING is recruiting for a Research Assistant. Please visit School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University Vacancies to apply. Closing date 19/2/23.
Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Publication by ALL member Mohamed Maalim and Co-Director Mac MacLachlan in Societies entitled, The Assistive Technology Passport: A Resource for Enhancing Capabilities as a Result of Better Access to Assistive Technology
Publication by Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute member Mohamed Maalim and Co-Director Mac MacLachlan in Societies entitled, The Assistive Technology Passport: A Resource for Enhancing Capabilities as a Result of Better Access to Assistive Technology
Date: Friday, 02 December 2022
Dr Katriona O'Sullivan to appear on BBC Radio 4, Saturday Live, this Saturday 29th October
Dr Katriona O'Sullivan, Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute and Department of Psychology, to appear on BBC Radio 4, Saturday Live, this week, 29th October 2022, hosted by Nick Grimshaw.
Date: Thursday, 27 October 2022
ALL Institute co-director Mac MacLachlan spoke to the Joint Committee on Disability Matters in the Oireachtas this morning.
Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute co-director Mac MacLachlan spoke to the Joint Committee on Disability Matters in the Oireachtas on behalf of Maynooth University this morning 6th October 2022.
Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022
SHAPES Consortium meeting in Thessaloniki
SHAPES Consortium 2nd in person meeting at the end of the third year of the project and post Covid looks forward to more frequent meetings.
Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2022
STEM Passport for Inclusion program has been nominated for the 1st Annual Women in Tech European Award – Most Impactful Initiative Award
STEM Passport for Inclusion program, led by Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute member Dr Katriona O'Sullivan, has been nominated for the 1st Annual Women in Tech European Award for Most Impactful Initiative Award, taking place in Amsterdam on the 20th September.
Date: Thursday, 08 September 2022
Dr Holly Foley appointed the Universal Design for Learning lead for Maynooth University this year.
Dr Holly Foley, ALL Institute member and Project Manager for the STEM Passport for Inclusion Project, will be the Universal Design for Learning lead for Maynooth this year. Booking is now open for Maynooth staff (you don’t have to be teaching/lecturing).
Date: Thursday, 25 August 2022
ALL Co-Director Mac MacLachlan publishes article in Special Issue of the Clinical Psychology Forum
ALL Co-Director Mac MacLachlan publishes article entitled, ‘Structure power and practice: Designing a new rights-based national clinical programme for people with disability in Ireland’ in Clinical Psychology Forum Special Issue: Interrogating Disability, Part One
Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Publication in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology by ALL Institute members and WHO representatives entitled ‘Assistive technologies are central to the realization of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’
Publication in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology by Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute members and World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives entitled ‘Assistive technologies are central to the realization of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’
Date: Friday, 29 July 2022