There is now wide agreement that people with severe mental illness can be adequately treated and cared for in the community, provided back-up hospital care is available when needed. Another important development has been the recognition that clinical treatment and care is insufficient for recovery and restoration of role functioning following illness onset, and must be supplemented by evidence-based practices in psychiatric rehabilitation. This article describes how allied health professionals can lead recovery oriented approaches that incorporate evidence-based forms of psychiatric rehabilitation. Family psychoeducation and supported employment are provided as examples of such evidence-based practices that require wider implementation.
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Lloyd, C., Deane, F. P., Tse, S. & Waghorn, G. (2009). Supporting recovery orientated services for people with severe mental illness. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 15 (1), 1-11.