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.


Reflective Practice - Re-connecting with a lost art might ignite a revolution in training

Excerpt: Service users and carers are likely to benefit most when they are served by a workforce that is motivated and enthusiastic about its work, that recognizes and works to its strengths, that feels supported, and is able to reflect on practice as an on-going function of its own development. Within this picture training as a function has an important role to play, but can easily become a wasted resource if it is poorly focused and lacks clarity of purpose. Furthermore, service users and carers possess invaluable experiences and skills that can contribute to the development of the workforce. So, why does it so often feel like reflective practice and genuine involvement are lofty ideals belonging to a parallel universe?

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Service Users & Creative Genius

Many thanks to Emma Taylor at Accredited Online Colleges for sharing the following link to 20 creative geniuses who also experienced mental distress in their lives. With all the celebrity-obsessed nonsense that litters our lives these days it is rare to focus attention on examples of how many people have to cope with wide-ranging experiences of mental distress, yet still manage to make a huge impact on the lives of others...

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Working with Strengths

At a strategic level we are continually expanding the language, but essentially using new words and phrases to say the same thing... recovery, personalisation, self-directed support, person-centred planning, re-ablement/re-enablement. Nobody can seriously disagree with the premise that service users should be given a voice in order to say what they need and want, to reflect on how best to meet their wishes and aspirations, to exercise choice and feel supported in their decision-making. However, there is often a gap between what we are saying we are doing as services, and what service users are experiencing on the receiving end.

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Implementing good practice across an organization  

The Practice Based Evidence consultancy has been engaged across 2010-11 by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) to design and deliver a programme of practice development to focus on good practice in working with risk. This post outlines the three phases of work we will be carrying out for them.

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New website launched by ARW

I am very pleased to provide this direct link to my friends and frequent colleagues, Roberta & Andrew Wetherell. Their website has been revamped and re-launched in September 2011, and can be found at ARW Training

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