Training is designed both to develop the knowledge and skills for the health improvement practitioner role and to provide support to apply this in daily practice. For this to be successful there are three phases to the training.
Phase one – a four-day face to face training
Phase two – two days of coaching and observed practice with a HIP trainer in the place of work
Phase three – ongoing coaching and attendance at regular webinars.
This training has been developed by Patti Robinson and Kurt Strosahl, co-developers of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and pioneers of embedding behavioural health practitioners into primary care in the United States. They have continued to support the New Zealand development of this service model and workforce through Mountain View Consulting. The training programme has generously been made available for use in New Zealand. Te Pou also works with a group of health improvement practitioner trainers in New Zealand to deliver this training.
The training is designed for people who are new to the health improvement practitioner role. To attend you need to have employment as a health improvement practitioner in a general practice.
Watch this video to learn more about the Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP) training from Marcia Sasano, a Master HIP Trainer and our Training Lead for the integrated primary mental health and addiction programme.