The Strengths Revolution’ weekly podcast show was launched on 22nd April 2014. Just go into iTunes Store, click the ‘Podcast’ link on the top menu, then put ‘The Strengths Revolution’ into the search box.

Listen, subscribe, and add a review if you feel able to. Remember… listening, downloading or subscribing to the show is FREE!

'Working with Strengths' was published in May 2014 as a comprehensive resource for reviewing the literature and reflecting on strengths-based practice as applied to people in contact with services, as well as the strengths-focused development of practitioners, teams and organisations. It draws on the wider business literature as well as health and social care references to broaden the applicability of the ideas.

'Risk Decision-Making' was published in 2013 to help shift the focus from a tick-box culture to the realities of what good practice should be about. The manual and cd-rom provide the resources that should engage senior management in organisations, as well as the practitioners and multidisciplinary teams.

June 2007 saw the publication of the Working With Risk Trainers Manual and Practitioner Manual through Pavilion Publishing. The Trainers Manual provides a flexible two-day training programme, with the option of using any of the individual sessions as stand-alone training resources. The Practitioner Manual provides a set of practice-based risk tools with supporting guidance on how and when to use each. These materials also aim to discuss some of the wider risk issues and identify a key part of current research and literature. The practice-based tools are also supported by completed case examples.

To make contact either send me a message via the 'Contact Me' form or (if it's urgent) you can call me on 07733 105264.

Practice Based Evidence commenced business in October 2001. Promoting the value of the messages from service users, carers and practitioners experiences. These are often marginalised by the emphasis placed on research.


  • The Art of Co-ordinating Care: A Handbook of Best Practice for Everyone Involved in Care and Support
    The Art of Co-ordinating Care: A Handbook of Best Practice for Everyone Involved in Care and Support

    Jointly written by Practice Based Evidence & ARW, this resource is of importance to everyone in mental health, social care and learning disability services, including primary care.

  • Assertive Outreach: A Strengths Approach to Policy and Practice
    Assertive Outreach: A Strengths Approach to Policy and Practice

    Primarily aimed at developing assertive outreach, but its focus on a strengths approach is applicable to all parts of the mental health system.


Free 'Strengths' Resources

Steve Morgan (Practice Based Evidence) presents: Working with Strengths


Click on the following link to find out more about my 8-point Strengths Checklist, and a range of other resources:



I have been developing and delivering a Strengths Approach since it was first formally introduced to me by Professor Charlie Rapp in 1991. It has been without doubt the most exciting and influential set of ideas I have experienced throughout a long and varied career; and expanded further through my reading around the Gallup organisation strengths literature.


I now offer FREE access to ideas that will help you identify and work with your own strengths. Whether it is our own personal development, or that of others around us, it shouldn’t be a secret as to how we can become more of who we really are.



Best wishes,

Steve Morgan

Practice Based Evidence & The Strengths Revolution. 


A new way of doing things

We are in a digital age, so it is about time we got risk practice and training out of an analogue world. By this I don't mean more forms to be filling in, I am offering a new opportunity for how practitioners are supported in going about day-to-day best practice. The software packages for documenting and auditing information will remain, but I believe they do little for informing and guiding best practice, focusing as they do on documenting the administrative requirements of an organisation's approach to risk assessment.

We can now enable practitioners to access resources that will inform and guide their practice direct to smartphones, tablets or laptops. I have distilled my 30+ years of experience and 60+ publications into an online 'Positive Risk-Taking Membership Site'. Brief training videos, detailed presentations, audio podcasts, practice checklists, tools and handouts are structured into 5 modules, with an on-going wealth of bonus resources being constantly added. The modules can be worked through sequentially as training materials, or randomly dipped into for specific information. And instant access to a free training webinar introduces these resources by clicking the following link:  


Risk Decision-Making

Positive Risk-Taking: From Rhetoric to Reality.

You've heard the words, but do you know with clarity what they mean? Do you confidently put it into practice?

I solve these questions.

Practitioners, teams and organisations frequently engage with bureaucratic solutions to the practical challenges of identifying and managing risks; but spend less time on the realities of making good risk decisions and taking risks appropriately.

I provide a variety of training resources and solutions to meet these challenges. Check out my free training webinar at:


Implementing Positive Risk-Taking 

So you think you know what this phrase means, and how to put it into practice. Well, in my experience many people are quite loose in their use of language, which subsequently translates into ambiguity when we consider implementing the concept in practice. As a result I am occasionally engaged in developing and delivering a programme of training and practice development to support practitioners in being clearer about what they mean, and how they do it.

In November/December 2016 I was engaged to deliver a series of such workshops across Cumbria, for combined participants of the local NHS Trust and County Council. Click the following links to access the workshop flyer and summary of all participants workshop evaluations.

Workshop Flyer

Summary of Workshop Evaluations



What makes positive risk-taking a reality in dementia services?

Steve Morgan (Practice Based Evidence) and Nick Andrews (Practice Development Officer in Swansea University) got together to ponder this particular question in response to a Journal for Mental Health Training, Education and Practice journal request, and the following link will take you to the unpublished first draft of the ideas.

Health and social care services have experienced a decade or more of messages to become more person-centred, to listen more to people and deliver on the priorities they want for themselves. This requires a fundamentally positive mindset from professionals and care workers, and a willingness to take some risks. How will this apply to delivering dementia services, where almost all of the initial impressions are of deficits, disability and disadvantage? The following link offers some practical tips on reflecting from a basis of values, seeing the person but focusing on rights and relationships, and working from a position of the individual’s strengths. All of these underpin a ‘positive risk-taking’ approach to helping people make decisions for themselves, or to make decisions for people in their best interests.

PDF: Positive risk-taking and dementia