Mental Health and Addictions Workforce Development: past, present, and future

Ann Roche, Roger Nicholas

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This chapter addresses changes in the conceptualization of workforce development and its implications for mental health and addiction1 workers, services, and sectors. First we provide an overview of the background, historical and contextual factors impacting current approaches to workforce development.Next, an examination of systems thinking, service delivery models and goals, workforce planning, leadership and worker recruitment, retention and well-being are provided. Finally, theories of knowledge and innovation dissemination, learning models and theories, and emerging use of technology are examined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkforce Development Theory and Practice in the Mental Health Sector
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781522518754
ISBN (Print)9781522518747
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • addiction
  • mental health
  • planning strategies


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