ISSN : 2733-4538
The Mental Health Act was first enacted in December 1995 and then revised to the Mental Health Welfare Act in 2016, as a newly established mandatory provision for continuing education. The Mental Health Welfare Act is an essential educational initiative for mental health specialists who are directly providing mental health care management services. It was initiated to enhance the quality of mental health services provided to patients and clients even after qualifications have been acquired. However, despite its importance, there are no studies and research papers on needs assessments of clinical psychologists regarding quality management and effective operations of the educational system compared to other professions. Therefore, in this study, we surveyed the needs of five mental health clinical psychologists and conducted focus group interviews to find out how to operate a continuing education program and effectively promote educational participation. Results showed that the overall educational operations, particularly course contents that were considered not helpful or practical, were identified as the most urgent improvements. To promote participation and efficient operation of the educational process, several recommendations were expressed, such as activating online education programs and administrative sanctions for those who have not completed their education. Finally, improvements to education are suggested based on the results of this study.
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