Authors: Kath Thorburn, Michelle Everett, Lyndal Sherwin, Mironne Golan and Sandy Watson, NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: LEADERSHIP,REFORM, Educating Staff on Recovery
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The international recovery movement represents a challenge to current practice with its emphasis on lived experience knowledge, and the potential for mental health services to either support or impede the recovery process. Australian state and federal mental health policies have articulated principles of recovery aimed to direct the provision of public mental health services. Northern Sydney Central Coast Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Service (NSCCMHDA) has embraced this vision and is committed to the process of building a recovery-oriented mental health service. A partnership with the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) was established to support a workforce development plan for recovery-oriented service provision. A series of workshops followed by group supervision sessions developed and delivered by the NSWIOP provided an opportunity for mental health clinicians to examine and reflect on the beliefs and values of individual practice as well as the systems and environments in which they operate. The aim of this paper is to present the impact and outcome of the staff development process, based on a comprehensive evaluation, which sought to identify its effectiveness and set future directions.