student profile: Ms Karen Arblaster


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Integrating consumer perspectives about recovery from mental illness in curriculum design and evaluation

Supervisors: Karen WILLIS, Lynette MACKENZIE , Lynda MATTHEWS

Thesis abstract:

Recovery-oriented practice in mental health emphasises personal agency and partnership working and is informed by both lived experience and professional expertise. Entry-level occupational therapy education must include both perspectives, ensure students acquire the core capabilities for such practice and embrace consumer participation. However core capabilities have not yet been defined, consumers’ preferred ways of participating in student education are not known, and no robust instrument to evaluate the effectiveness of such participation exists.

Research objectives

  1. Develop consumer defined core capabilities for recovery-oriented practice to inform curriculum design
  2. Develop a self-report measure based on the core capabilities that can be used to evaluate consumer participation in curricula

Method A mixed methods design was employed. In phase one a Delphi study identified consumers’ priorities for recovery-oriented curricula and preferred ways of participating in student education. Qualitative interviews explored and refined these curriculum priorities. In phase two a self-report measure was developed and pilot tested. The researchers partnered with a consumer reference group through all stages of the research.

Results Three core capabilities for recovery-oriented practice: knowing, doing and being/becoming reflect lived experience perspectives of professional practice that supports recovery from mental distress and ill health and can inform curriculum design. A self-report measure comprising vignettes and action oriented items reflecting the core capabilities was developed. Pilot testing indicates that the measure is acceptable to students and discriminates between students who have and have not learned about recovery-oriented practice. Content validity index findings suggest that consumers believe the vignettes are highly relevant, but individual items vary in relevance and require further refining.

Conclusion Findings of this research can inform mental health curricula and participatory learning and teaching methods. Additional psychometric evaluation of the questionnaire is underway. The self-report measure can be used by educators to evaluate students’ recovery-oriented practice capabilities and the efficacy of consumer participation in teaching.

Selected grants

2018

  • Working with mental health consumers to create authentic learning experiences; Mackenzie L, Hancock N, Scanlan J, Arblaster K, Schneider C, Chen T, McCloughen A, River J, Buus N, Kostecki T, Rangan A, Nicholson M, Tseris E; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Arblaster, K., Mackenzie, L., Matthews, L., Willis, K., Gill, K., Hanlon, P., Laidler, R. (2018). Learning from consumers: An eDelphi study of Australian mental health consumers' priorities for recovery-oriented curricula. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65(6), 586-597. [More Information]
  • Scanlan, J., Meredith, P., Haracz, K., Ennals, P., Pepin, G., Webster, J., Arblaster, K., Wright, S. (2017). Mental health education in occupational therapy professional preparation programs: Alignment between clinician priorities and coverage in university curricula. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 64(6), 436-447. [More Information]
  • Arblaster, K., Mackenzie, L., Willis, K. (2015). Mental health consumer participation in education: A structured literature review. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62(5), 341-362. [More Information]
  • Arblaster, K., Mackenzie, L., Willis, K. (2015). Service user involvement in health professional education: is it effective in promoting recovery-oriented practice? The Journal of Mental Health, Training, Education and Practice: issues for workforce development, 10(5), 325-336. [More Information]

2018

  • Arblaster, K., Mackenzie, L., Matthews, L., Willis, K., Gill, K., Hanlon, P., Laidler, R. (2018). Learning from consumers: An eDelphi study of Australian mental health consumers' priorities for recovery-oriented curricula. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 65(6), 586-597. [More Information]

2017

  • Scanlan, J., Meredith, P., Haracz, K., Ennals, P., Pepin, G., Webster, J., Arblaster, K., Wright, S. (2017). Mental health education in occupational therapy professional preparation programs: Alignment between clinician priorities and coverage in university curricula. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 64(6), 436-447. [More Information]

2015

  • Arblaster, K., Mackenzie, L., Willis, K. (2015). Mental health consumer participation in education: A structured literature review. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62(5), 341-362. [More Information]
  • Arblaster, K., Mackenzie, L., Willis, K. (2015). Service user involvement in health professional education: is it effective in promoting recovery-oriented practice? The Journal of Mental Health, Training, Education and Practice: issues for workforce development, 10(5), 325-336. [More Information]

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