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An overview of the clubhouse model of psychiatric rehabilitation


Raeburn, T and Halcomb, E and Walter, G and Cleary, M, An overview of the clubhouse model of psychiatric rehabilitation, Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 21, (4) pp. 376-8. ISSN 1039-8562 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1039856213492235


Objective: The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the clubhouse model and its capacity to assist people with severe mental illness.

Method: The paper uses a sample vignette (with all identifying information removed) and survey of literature describing clubhouses over the last 15 years.

Results: Strengths of the clubhouse model include its ability to provide a safe environment, supportive relationships and supported employment activities. Criticisms include its failure to provide onsite psychiatry clinics and a risk of promoting service dependence.

Conclusions: Modern clubhouses continue to provide useful models of psychiatric rehabilitation which are popular worldwide. Studying and describing the model is challenging due to its complexity. Mixed methodological approaches and recovery-orientated measurement tools may assist future research and development.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clubhouse; employment; health; psychiatry; relationships
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:107481
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-17
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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