Biopsychosocial Interdisciplinary Challenges: Program Development and Educational Challenges for Biopsychosocial Services

Harald Urstad
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When using Concurrent Disorders; classified as clinical conditions where mental health and substance use disorders co-exist and interact as an example, the author is discussing the interdisciplinary barriers and challenges that face a team oriented biopsychosocial approach to care. The author is not only raising the issues facing the service delivery systems, but also discussing the challenges facing the academic institutions that continue to educate in separate streams contrary to current knowledge.

Finally, there is a discussion of the traditional professional interdisciplinary team compositions in view of the fact that most such teams were designed decades ago to meet the needs at that time and do not necessarily match the needs of today’s current best practice models.

The purpose of this document is to promote discussion, raise issues and act as a forum for potential change initiatives. It is not designed to be an academic, researched based report, but an assessment of the core issues raised across the international arena and is based on investigations and program developments in many countries that are attempting to redesign their models of care and educational systems.

Keywords: Concurrent Disorders, Interdisciplinary, Integrated, Transdisciplinary, Educational Challenges, Clinical Challenges
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences, Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Interdisciplinary Program Development and Educational Challenges for the Biopsychosocial Service Delivery System

Harald Urstad

Lecturer, Social Services
And Private practice consultant on best practice in mental health and substance use disorders, The University College of the Fraser Valley


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