Vetmh TuTo+

This project proposes a training of trainers combined with the activation of a network of exchanges of European professionals.
It aims to support strong institutional partnerships for the implementation of an internationalization strategy for VET learners in the mental health field.

In Europe, the training of the professionals of the Mental Health field is of multiple levels and often heterogeneous.
The academic achievements do not always prove to be adequate enough for the expectations of the professionals and the current evolutions of the sector. Young professionals in the field need additional training in the basic clinical curriculum.
Indeed, academic achievements are not always in line with the professional world of mental health and changes in the field. It is therefore necessary to develop closer ties between the two in order to complete and perfect the training of young professionals.
The shortage in some mental health professions is important, it is therefore necessary to continue to develop their attractiveness by strengthening our tutoring program allowing the transmission of skills between young workers and the most experienced, allowing a transgenerational transmission.
That's why it's important to develop tools and practices of the tutors in charge of that coaching, and to develop a more precise framework fully beneficial for everyone : professionals of the Mental Health field but also weakest populations : mental health concerns the general population as a whole but also some specific groups like migrants, people with less opportunities, etc. We pay a special attention to this issue during the implementation of the project.

The project will run the training of Tutors in Mental Health over three academic years.
This training consists of theoretical seminars, practical workshops to simulate and provide feedback on field experiences. The Tutors will therefore supervise trainees in their professional immersions, in their reflexive and editorial activities but also in their feedback to the teams.
This training aims at the acquisition by Tutors of transversal skills. The focus will be on the transnational skills and pedagogical skills needed to monitor trainees.
The strategy is to build a set of educational tools and implement them for volunteer Tutors. Then these tutors will put these contributions into practice in the concrete accompaniment of the trainees.
Evaluation and certification of Tutors and trainees will be carried out with the obtainment of ECTS credits.

The intellectual output created, taught and distributed during the project are concrete and transferable advances in the field of tutoring.
Roughly this project aims to :

  • Increase the level of expertise of the employees in the mental health sector.
  • Increase the level of skills of monitors trainees by training based on scenarios and feedback's experience.
  • Creation and distribution of tools allowing future Tutors to accompany young professionals.
  • Enhance the attractiveness of the professions linked to mental health.
  • Impact on the motivation of the professionals as well as young than old and reduce absenteeism.
  • Create a link between the generations via a formal and non-formal transmission of knowledge.
  • Make the socio-professional integration of the young employees easier.
  • Propose numerous, flexible and quality job openings to the young persons in training.
  • This project also aims for the consolidation of a European network of centres specialized in psychiatry and mental health in close cooperation with the research and academic fields.
  • Destigmatisation of the mental health field by media and communications events and also with a reinforcement of the link between academic world and mental health.

1. Summary

This project will formalize, experiment and assess a European TuToring process tailored for the new professionals who plan to work in the Psychiatric and Mental Health field.

2. Observation

We notice a shortage of practitioners, nurses, nursing auxiliaries and psychiatrists in the mental health sector. Furthermore, professionals tend to quit prematurely the profession and tend to ask for several career adjustments. Finally our population pyramid will lead us in the near future through a massive retirement of professionals and the replacement is not guaranteed.

3. Plan of action

Young employees will be asked to take part in a 3-years tutoring process. Guided by an experienced tutor, they will benefit from the trans-generational expertise handover. Moreover, visits of several European excellence centers will be suggested. Through academic training but also by placing the person in professional situations in different workplaces around Europe, the professional will improve their skills and knowledge. To understand the mental health sector's special feature and the professionals training, we pool seasoned professionals' field experiences and professional situations with the users. This project combines didactic capabilities; tutoring process, but also teaching and university courses with a practical background; personal contact with the professionals and the users.

4. Purpose

  • Increase the level of expertise of the young employees ;
  • Enhance the attractiveness of the professions related to the Mental Health ;
  • Impact on the motivation of the junior and senior professionals and reduce absenteeism ;
  • Create a link between the generations via a formal and non-formal transfer of skills ;
  • Make the socio-professional integration of the young employees easier ;
  • Counterbalance widespread retirement provoked by an ageing workforce ;
  • Propose numerous, flexible and quality job opportunities to the trainees.

5. Implementation

Step I : from July 2014 until February 2015.
  Partnership formalisation ;
  Program ajustement ;
  Agreements' writing.
Step II : from March 2015 until February 2017.
  Experiment implementation ;
  Professionals transfer ;
  Continuous assessment.
Step III : from January 2017 until August 2017.
  Final assessment ;
  Analysis of the transfer possibilities ;
  Dissemination of the intellectual outputs.

6. Intellectual outputs

  • A recommendation document guiding the implementation of this Tutoring process includes preliminary experience reports and legislative aspects ;;
  • A handbook listing the steps of the process and giving the instructions in order to ensure the best possible settlement. It will be completed with a mobile and useful tool helping the follow-up of the process ;
  • An assessment report of the project that will delimit the strengths and the weaknesses with a synthesis of the expertise and a description of the specific skills ;
  • A scientific article published in a specialized journal assessing this experiment ;
  • A sociological essay dedicated to the junior health professionals.

This project also aims for the consolidation of a European network of centres specialized in psychiatry and mental health. The Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur will deliver in 2017 6 ECTS credits to the young professionals.

7. Budget

Thanks to the Erasmus+ funding, as organizer, CNP St-Martin has to manage a 265.600 euros budget and its distribution among partners in order to lead to the complete achievement of the project.

Sending and receiving partners

  • AGAPSY, Sucy en Brie, France
  • Asociacion Salut Mental, Elche, Spain
  • Centre Neuropsychiatrique Saint-Martin, Dave, Belgium
  • Kepsipi, Athens, Greece
  • LIH, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  • Universitätsmedizin Rostock, Rostock, Germany

Receiving partners

  • AGC Salud Mental Ärea VI, Arriondas, Spain
  • Association APRES, Association pour la réinsertion Sociale, Toulouse, France
  • Association de Prévention Soins et Insertion, APSI, Créteil, France
  • Association de Prévention Soins et Insertion, APSI, Sucy-en-Brie, France
  • Association for Regional Development and Mental Health, Athens, Greece
  • Association Icare-La-Bergerie, Chevigny-Saint-Sauveur, France
  • Association Isatis, Aix en Provence, France Association Isatis, Digne Les Bains, France
  • Association Route Nouvelle Alsace, Strasbourg, France
  • Centre Hospitalier Neuro-Psychiatrique, Ettelbruck, Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
  • Centre Hospitalier Saint-Jean de Dieu, ARHM, Soins accompagnement Recherche, Lyon, France
  • Fondation Trajets, Les Acacias, Switzerlan
  • Foyer d’Accueil Médicalisé Tamaris, Villejuif, France
  • Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Département de santé mentale et de psychiatrie, Genève, Switzerland
  • Œuvre Falret, Paris, France
  • PEPSAEE, Panhellenic Organisation for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Vocational Integration, Athens, Greece
  • Sava Itineraire bis, SAVS service d'accompagnement à la vie sociale, Mordelless, Franc
  • Sjúkrahusið á Akureyri, Teaching Hospital Akureyri, Akureyri, Iceland
  • Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health, Etairia Koinonikis Psixiatrikis Kai Psixikis Ygeias, Athens, Greece
  • Universitatea Aurel Vlaicu Arad, Facultatea de Stiinte ale Educatiei, Psihologie si Asistenta Sociala, Arad, Romania
  • Vâstra Götalandsregionen Södra älvsborgs Sjukhus, Borås, Sweden

Training partner

  • Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur, Namur, Belgique