Effectiveness of a Collaborative Recovery Training Program in Australia in Promoting Positive Views About Recovery

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ObjectiveThis study examined the impact of a two-day, recovery-based training program for mental health workers on knowledge, attitudes, and hopefulness related to the recovery prospects of people with enduring mental illness.MethodsA self-report pre-post training repeated-measures design was used with 248 mental health workers from the community-based government health sector (N=147) and nongovernment organizations (N= 101) in eastern Australia.ResultsStaff attitudes and hopefulness improved after training. Trainees significantly increased their knowledge regarding principles of recovery and belief in the effectiveness of collaboration and consumer autonomy support, motivation enhancement, needs assessment, goal striving, and homework use.ConclusionsThis preliminary evidence indicates that staff recovery orientation can improve with minimal training.

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