As part of the NCFRSAC project, the University of Missouri’s Psychological Services Clinic (MU PSC) is using brief, solution-focused teletherapy to improve access to mental health services. Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) for Farm Stress is based on a brief (1-5 session), evidence-informed therapy originally developed to deal with post-disaster stress and adversity. While SPR does not take the place of more in-depth mental health services, it can be a great option for individuals who need brief support and skill-building, and who may be reluctant to commit to longer-term services.
Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MU PSC has already adapted SPR to telehealth delivery, extending our reach to clients who are unable or prefer not to attend in-person services.
Through focus groups and other stakeholder consultations, the MU PSC is now tailoring the original SPR to the priorities, needs, and concerns of Missouri farmers and ranchers and their families.
SPR for Farm Stress takes a strength-building approach to help producers and their families build resilience and support good behavioral health adjustment in the face of acute and longer-term crises. Clients use one to five sessions to focus on the SPR skills (i.e., Promoting Helpful Thinking, Building Problem-Solving Skills, Managing Reactions, Promoting Positive Activities, and Rebuilding Healthy Social Connections) that are most relevant to them. Ongoing stakeholder consultation, and assessment of clients’ behavioral health at the beginning, end, and three months after teletherapy, will help us evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes of SPR for Farm Stress in improving the mental health of producers and their families.
To learn more about SPR click here: https://psychology.missouri.edu/psychological-services-clinic.