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2012 Fall Grads
Kim Mullens

Purpose: To identify the knowledge and attitudes of service providers towards the recovery paradigm, and their educational needs regarding its application in a secure forensic inpatient unit.

Methods: A descriptive survey approach was adopted, and 17 service providers from various health disciplines completed the Recovery Knowledge Inventory and additional questions around training and recovery practices.

Findings: Respondents understood the importance of self-definition, and the roles of supports in the recovery process; however, they had lesser understanding about the multi-dimensional, non-linear nature of recovery and clients' ability to live meaningful satisfying lives despite symptoms.

Conclusions: Service provider education needs, further means of implementing of the recovery paradigm into unit practices, including ways to enhanced client self-definition and collaborative relationships, and areas for future research are discussed.

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