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Walk-In Therapy in Rural Mental Health Clinics: Creating the Context, Training the Staff

In rural settings, numerous complex challenges exist to the provision of high quality mental health services that can respond quickly to client needs. This article describes an immediate access service delivery model and a training program designed to assist staff in rural mental health clinics to implement the model.
This paper describes a service delivery and training model developed in Calgary Alberta, Canada, for clients living in rural areas who are seeking mental health services. Alberta is about the size of Texas, with only two urban centres containing about half the province’s population, (1.5 million people). In 1981 the Alberta Mental Health Board (AMHB) contracted with Wood’s Homes, a comprehensive service organization with orphanage roots dating back to 1914, to provide mental health treatment services to children, adolescents and their families in the Calgary region. At that time there were limited community resources for this population and none that provided campus-based (residential) short-term intensive treatment in a community context. Over time and



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