International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 1417–1431 | Cite as

Changes in Mental Health Providers’ Recovery Attitudes and Strengths Model Implementation Following Training and Supervision

  • Frank P. DeaneEmail author
  • Roxanne O. Goff
  • John Pullman
  • Joanne Sommer
  • Patricia Lim
Original Article


The strengths model (SM) is a recovery-oriented model of mental health care. Historically, training alone has been insufficient to ensure implementation of SM skills in practice. The aim of the current study was to determine whether improvements in recovery attitudes and attendance at Strength-Based Group Supervision (SBGS) following training are associated with greater skill implementation in practice. Mental health providers (N = 76) were trained in SM interventions and surveyed immediately before and after training and at a 6-month follow-up on various recovery attitude measures and SBGS attendance. Results showed that providers’ attitudes were significantly improved after completing the training programs; however, only willingness to support consumers in positive goal-oriented risk taking remained significantly improved at 6-month follow-up. The frequency of attendance at SBGS sessions was low, and this may have contributed to a lack of consistent evidence that SBGS attendance was associated with sustained improvements in attitudes or SM skill implementation. Future research is needed to clarify the ability of public sector mental health organizations to successfully implement and sustain SM approaches in practice. The role of ongoing SBGS in this process also requires continued investigation.


Strengths model Recovery Training Supervision Attitudes Implementation 



The authors would like to thank Julie Jackson and Melissa Aguey-Zinsou for their assistance in collecting data for this study. We would also like to thank Paul Beckett, Sue Martin, and the SESLHD for their efforts in implementing the strengths model training program.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Author Goff, Author Deane, Author Pullman, Author Sommer, and Author Lim declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of Human Rights

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Illawarra Institute of Mental Health (B22), School of PsychologyUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.South West Sydney Local Health District Mental Health ServiceLiverpoolAustralia
  3. 3.South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Mental Health ServicesLiverpoolAustralia

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