Project GREAT: Immersing physicians and doctorally-trained psychologists in recovery-oriented care

P. Alex Mabe, Anthony O. Ahmed, Gina N. Duncan, Gareth Fenley, Peter F. Buckley

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The advocacy of recovery-oriented practices in mental health care with its emphasis on freedom and choice in care has been gaining considerable traction in recent years. In response to the growing recognition and promotion of recovery-oriented services, several training initiatives have been developed to bring about mental health care system transformation. These initiatives, however, have been primarily focused on broad organizational and procedural changes as well as hospital and clinic staff development. Relatively neglected have been initiatives to educate physicians and doctorally trained psychologists in the concepts and practices of recovery-oriented care. This article describes a case study of the efforts of Project GREAT (Georgia Recovery-Based Educational Approach to Treatment) that has aspired to transform the education and practice of an academic department of psychiatry into a recovery-oriented one with the focus on shaping the recovery knowledge, attitudes, and practices of psychiatry and psychology faculty and trainees. Core issues in the transformation effort were identified and led to the implementation of the following change interventions: (a) administrative leadership and support, (b) consumer mediated interventions, (c) educational presentations/materials, (d) interactive small groups/ program champions, (e) reminders/prompts/practice tools, (f) newsletters/pamphlets, and (g) educational outreach visits. It is proposed that this transformation experience provided valuable lessons that are generally applicable to other academic programs for psychiatrists and psychologists attempting to adopt recovery-oriented training and care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-356
Number of pages10
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Practitioner education
  • Psychology education
  • Recovery model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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