Psychological Intervention Psychology

773 Words4 Pages
The article by Kazdin and Blase, discusses the evolvement of psychological interventions to treat mental health issues. There have been many improvements in the way mental health concerns are addressed. However, an issue that is yet to be addressed by psychological interventions is the rate of mental health illness and psychosocial functioning at a large scale level. No goals have been set in the psychology community to decrease rate of mental illness and also improve psychosocial functioning in society. The authors of article believe that without a shift and expansion of interventional research and clinical practice, there will be little success in decreasing the prevalence and incidence of mental illness. There needs to be an optimal method…show more content…
Although, there have been advances in current treatment options, they are unlikely to have a broad effect and rather they’re just localized. The issued with psychotherapy is the mode of delivery, in order to for it to be effective it is delivered to one person at a time by a trained health professional. Once again, the issue that arises in globalizing this type of treatment is that it is narrow and does not allow for a broader adaption and still be considered effective. Treatment that has the capability to be applied in a larger sense, needs to reduce the burden of mental illness. Psychological interventions are meant to reduce the burden of mental illness at the personal level, but the potential for being applied at a larger scale can reduce the burden of mental illness at a societal level. In order to do so there needs to be four considerations: rate of mental illness, cost of mental illness, people in need of service, and people providing…show more content…
In order to reduce mental illness rates, there needs to be methods in which it can be applied to an entire society. Proper interventions have the capability of reducing prevalence and incidence which can reduce the burden of mental illness. There needs to exist a proper cohesion between treatment and prevention, in order for a society to be addressed by psychological interventions. The authors of the article provide a metaphor as treatments occupying a pie chart, with the main goals of developing many models of delivery so that all individuals in need are addressed. A given section of the pie may require one given treatment while another will require multiple models. I find the idea of treating society great. However, at the same time I find it unrealistic (sadly). Application effectiveness will still require “gatekeepers” and individuals who care for themselves to acknowledge the needs for treatment. Furthermore, applying and reaching out at a societal level will have many barriers depending the cultures. Mainly, not all cultures are accepting of mental illness–the term is seen as taboo. How will individuals who are under those societies receive treatment if their society fails to acknowledge mental illness as a very real
Open Document