Authors: Bridget Hamilton, Michael Deans, Michael Wilson, Gareth Jones, VIC and Lee Cordell-Smith, NEW ZEALAND
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Identity and collaboration, CASE MANAGEMENT,EDUCATION / TRAINING,INNOVATIONS,RECOVERY / REHABILITATION,TRANSFORMING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper traces the innovative mentoring of one service by another, aiming to achieve robust service change. Since early 2006, St. Vincent’s Mental Health in Melbourne committed itself to implementing the Strengths Model of case management across its adult mental health teams. The leadership and clinical staff of Timaru Mental Health Service closely partnered St. Vincent’s Mental Health, with the aim that St. Vincent’s achieve and sustain a service with high fidelity to the model (Rapp & Goscha, 2004). This paper highlights key aspects of service partnership and mentoring, from the early planning stages to ongoing supervision across the Tasman. The aim is to explore the value and the challenges of such inter-service partnerships.