By Peter Ryan DProf MSc CQSW, Steve Morgan BA BPL DipCOT MA
This booklet supplies a entire, evidence-based account of assertive outreach from a strengths standpoint. It emphasizes constructing a collaborative method of operating with the provider person, which stresses the fulfillment of the provider user's personal aspirations, and construction upon the provider user's personal strengths and assets. The publication presents a complete, authoritative method of the topic, that mixes an summary of the coverage and perform concerns. It uses large case research fabric to demonstrate person and workforce circumstances.Comprehensive and authoritativeIntegrates coverage and practiceExtensive use of case research materialEvidence-based
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It would seem therefore that symptomatic and social adjustment does not necessarily improve with case management. A strengths approach would emphasize that, for the user, improvements in psychosocial adjustment are not necessarily the highest priority outcomes they are looking for. A recent user evaluation of Assertive Outreach (Graley-Wetherell and Morgan 2001) found that, from a user perspective, improvements in quality of life were of more relevance to them than improvements in symptomatology or social adjustment.
In: Sanborn C J (ed) Case Management in Mental Health Services. Haworth Press, New York, p 3–16 Minghella E, Gauntlett N, Ford R 2002 Assertive Outreach: does it reach expectations? Journal of Mental Health 11 (1): 27–42 Modrcin M, Rapp C, Poetner J 1988 The evaluation of case management services with the chronically mentally ill. Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning 11 (4): 307–314 Mueser K T, Bond G R, Drake R E et al 1998 Models of community care for severe mental illness: a review of research on case management.
In addition, strengths case management was evaluated with respect to its impact upon income, social support and improvement in physical health. In all three areas the strengths case management group made significantly greater improvements compared to the control group. A study carried out by Stanard (1999) set out to evaluate the efficacy of a 40-hour training programme in the strengths approach in terms of its effect upon clients. Two community mental health centres in rural southeastern Ohio were selected, and mental health staff in one of them received the training.