Development of a recovery education program for inpatient mental health providers

Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2014 Dec;37(4):329-32. doi: 10.1037/prj0000082. Epub 2014 Jun 30.


Objective: Mental health system transformation toward a recovery-orientation has created a demand for education to equip providers with recovery competencies. This report describes the development of a recovery education program designed specifically for inpatient providers.

Method: Part 1 of the education is a self-learning program introducing recovery concepts and a recovery competency framework; Part 2 is a group-learning program focusing on real-life dilemmas and applying the Appreciative Inquiry approach to address these clinical dilemmas. A pilot study with a pretest/posttest design was used to evaluate the program. Participants included 26 inpatient multidisciplinary providers from 3 hospitals.

Results: The results showed participants' improvement on recovery knowledge (z = -2.55, p = .011) after the self-learning program. Evaluations of the group-learning program were high (4.21 out of 5).

Conclusions and implications for practice: These results support continued efforts to refine the program. Inpatient providers could use this program to lead interprofessional practice in promoting recovery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / psychology*
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation / methods*
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires