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Strengths-Based Models of Recovery. Priscilla Ridgway PhD, Senior Program Associate Advocates for Human Potential Mental Health Transformation: Innovations, Perspectives, and Partners for Action 5 th Annual Training Institute for Olmstead Coordinators Sept. 26-28 th , Washington, DC.

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strengths based models of recovery

Strengths-Based Models of Recovery

Priscilla Ridgway PhD, Senior Program Associate

Advocates for Human Potential

Mental Health Transformation:

Innovations, Perspectives, and Partners for Action

5th Annual Training Institute for Olmstead Coordinators

Sept. 26-28th, Washington, DC

what is the strengths approach
What is the Strengths Approach?
  • A way of approaching all work with mental health consumers
  • An evidence-based case management approach
  • An approach to supervision that focuses on consumer success and recovery outcomes
  • An approach to consumer-centered program evaluation that is holistic
  • And an approach to training consumers as providers
  • And a self-help workbook
what are the elements of a strengths approach to case management
What are the Elements of a Strengths Approach to Case Management?
  • Assessment of consumer strengths, dreams and goals
  • Consumer–driven personal plans across important life/recovery domains
  • Low caseload service provision that emphasizes the importance of the helping relationship
  • Emphasis on natural supports and naturally occurring community resources (social integration)
  • Moving beyond the formal system and the consumer role into normal social environments and roles. People reclaim positive sources of identity and a place in their community.
what does the approach do
What does the approach do?
  • The system aligns its resources to support the consumer’s dreams, goals, self-assessed needs
  • Identifies important strengths in the person (e.g. positive qualities, talents, motivation)
  • Relates to the healthy part of the person, their support network, the community, and the culture
  • Breaks down the work into bite-sized action steps
  • Specifies who will do what by when
  • Enlists the person to be active on his or her own behalf
  • Measures outcomes important to the person
  • Forms a positive platform for other EBP’s
what resources are available
What resources are available?
  • Consultation and training to state and local systems
  • Training of trainers
  • Group supervision model and supervisor’s tools and training
  • COMP (consumer outcomes monitoring program MIS with feedback to treatment teams)
  • EBP toolkit (Winter, 2006)
  • Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Self-Help Workbook

For more information contact Charlie Rapp, PhD, University of Kansas, Department of Social Welfare, Office of Mental Health Research and Training ([email protected]) or visit the websites www.socwel.ku.edu/mentalhealth/ and [email protected]

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