DSW Candidate –Andrew Duffy, LCSW, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Addressing Barriers to Mental Healthcare through Integrated Community Psychoeducation Groups

DSW Candidate –Andrew Duffy, LCSW

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0

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Addressing Barriers to Mental Healthcare through Integrated Community Psychoeducation Groups

Although barriers to mental healthcare in the United States have been well-documented, mental health interventions have not been adequately adapted to overcome them. The result is that many individuals with mental illness continue to be deterred from accessing services that may help improve the quality and length of their lives. This presentation follows one student’s three-part capstone project designed to formulate a response to this social problem.

The first part consists of a systematic literature review (SLR), which establishes what interventions have been employed in the community with these barriers in mind. The second part uses a conceptual paper to explore of how learning and behavioral theories could structure an ideal community intervention. The final part of the project, the practice application paper, proposes approaching the social problem through integrated community psychoeducation groups.

This presentation explores the structure and content of these groups and concludes with a discussion of key findings, suggestions for practice, and implications for future research.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to name three barriers to mental healthcare.
  2. Participants will be able to identify three behavioral and learning theories that could help structure psychoeducation efforts.
  3. Participants will be able to summarize the proposed integrated psychoeducation group model.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.