Impact Skills Intervention for COVID-19

Addressing the emotional and psychological needs of an organisation, Efficacy's three-session intervention for COVID-19 pulls together what we do best - applying clinically interventions to complex problems. Our protocol has been adapted from disaster and crisis response, focussing on the most common stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.  Science tells us that the UK can expect an epidemic of mental health problems in about 6 to 12 months, this will last about 3 to 7 years before it is resolved. Problems and disorders will predominate in areas of depression, PTSD, and grief.

The Aims and Objectives

Our health is a dynamic interweaving of our physical, emotional, social and mental health. In this pandemic, we are all acutely aware of the importance of our mental health. We are all doing things in weeks that would usually take years and our global emergency has stripped away another layer around visibility, stigma and prioritisation.

The Impact Skills Intervention concept uses the principles of early identification and bolsters with CBT evidence-based interventions to build resilience.

Mental health needs can be invisible especially during this particularly challenging time. The goals of Efficacy brief intervention and structure are to:

  1. Increase the accessibility to mental health treatment
  2. Identify those at immediate risk
  3. To increase the efficiency of treatment while retaining efficacy
  4. Ensure engagement in professional, personal, managerial and developmental needs 
  5. Provide Core Skills interventions during a pandemic
  6. Develop and share an emotional and cultural thematic analysis of the organisation

A CBT Structured Approach

Efficacy's brief CBT Skills Intervention for COVID-19 protocol calls for 1-3 sessions lasting 50 minutes each. All sessions can be done online, video conference, telephone, or (in the future) in-person. The sessions are facilitated by accredited CBT therapists.  

We understand what maintains good mental health. Teaching employees a set of core CBT skills can reduce stress and/or manage stress productively. Everyone will complete an online assessment module that helps the clinician to identify any risks and develop a targeted and personalised plan for the first session. Employees then receive two additional booster sessions in order to strengthen skill acquisition, learn additional skills and identify a personalised plan for the future. Our quality assurances are second to none; our clinical governance process will oversee and peer-review the planning and processing of everyone.

Then initial online assessment module orients individuals to the program but additionally provides onward referrals to those who either are not clinically appropriate (e.g. elevated risk or too unwell) or indicate that brief intervention is not the best fit for their needs (i.e. other pathways are appropriate). the application process is designed to assess symptom severity, risk, details on the stressor(s) and targets for intervention. The CBT therapist will use the information to develop a case formulation and treatment plan that will be agreed with a member of the clinical governance team.

Some individuals may only need to attend once. Building an intervention that is designed to make a positive impact in a single intervention still provides an opportunity to build on the core skill learned.

Core Skill in the Impact Sills Intervention are:

  • Psycho-education, understanding our reactions to trauma and disaster
  • Building up our tolerance to distressful emotions
  • Getting back into the moment with present-focussed skills
  • Managing worry and uncertainty
  • Motivation and prioritisation with identification with value-driven planning
  • Developing flexibility in regulating difficult emotional states
  • From ineffective to effective problem-solving
  • Building a plan for staying emotionally and psychologically well in the future

Impact Skills Intervention Structure

Session 1 involves rapport building, psychoeducation, brief rationale on the particular skill being implemented, practising of skill in the session where appropriate, problem solving around barriers to implementation, and finally resilience building. We will also provide curated resources for seeking out additional support and provider booster sessions as required, to embed the skills, option to teach another core skill, review progress, and build an action plan to maintain wellbeing.

The first booster (Session 2) is designed to be 7 days later to provide quick problem solving around skill implementation and effectiveness from Session 1. Its content also will be guided by an online assessment completed by the patients after the first session. If the patient does endorse complete ease and success implementing the skill from Session 1 then the therapist can teach a new skill for another presenting complaint. The second follow-up (Session 3) is focused on further problem solving and helping cope ahead to stressors in the near future they may be facing.

Management Information and Research

Maintaining confidentiality we conduct an investigation of the outcome data. We are able to build a thematic analysis that we present within standard management information reporting.  This provides unique insights into the organisation's needs to support employees in any dynamic environment.  

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How to Find Out More

For more information about the Impact Skills Intervention for COVID-19 program and discuss your organisation's requirements, please call Lee Grant on 07852110242, request a callback or send us a message.