December 1966

Subprofessional Training in Mental Health

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(6):660-664. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730180100013

THE MANPOWER shortage in the distribution of mental health care is acute and will get worse. Even a remarkable, though unlikely, increase in the production of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, and psychiatric nurses will not provide enough trained personnel to staff the hundreds of community mental health centers now projected. Using professionals as consultants and supervisors to nonpsychiatric physicians will help somewhat, but given the acute shortage of doctors of all kinds this cannot possibly remedy the glaring deficiencies in manpower. Additional personnel who have been trained in new ways for specific tasks and community services are required. This paper explores the urgent need for the education of a new type of subprofessional mental health worker.

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