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date: 25 September 2018

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This entry focuses on services for adults with severe mental illness, specifically the five psychosocial interventions considered evidence-based practices. The emergence of psychiatric rehabilitation, the only professional discipline designed to serve a specified population, is described. The primary historical practice approaches, which are the foundation for psychiatric rehabilitation, are discussed. Each of the five evidence-based practices is then described with the empirical supporting evidence. The emphasis on this population and interventions were selected as social workers are the major providers for this population and frequent implementers and developers of these interventions.

Keywords: severe mental illness, psychiatric rehabilitation, evidence-based practice, assertive community treatment, family psychoeducation, supported employment, integrated treatment for co-occurring substance abuse disorders, illness management and recovery

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