Assessing people with psychiatric rehabilitation needs

by Dr Alan Meaden and Dr David Hacker


Last reviewed: August 2019 by Alan Meaden, Martin Commander and Tom Edwards


In this module, we provide a framework for guiding rehabilitation assessment. We also emphasise the importance of considering risk and other challenging behaviours which may limit participation.


This module offers guidance on:


  • the purpose of assessment and a model for guiding this process


  • adopting a broad approach to the assessment of symptoms, social functioning and recovery


  • evaluating risk and challenging behaviours


  • an approach to formulation and applying the assessment to goal planning.


As there is already a comprehensive module on Physical healthcare in severe mental illness, despite its importance in assessment for rehabilitation, this topic will not be covered here. This module is also complemented by related modules on Social functioning in schizophrenia and Risk assessment and management of violence in general adult psychiatry.


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Risk assessment and management of violence in general adult psychiatry by Dr Fiona Toal, Professor Paul Mullen and Professor James Ogloff


Feeling better – Lifestyle management for chronic mental disorders by Dr Ursula Werneke


Managing challenging behaviour in mental health in-patient units by Dr Dominic Beer and Mr Darryl Anthony Davis


Alternatives to acute admission: crisis resolution and home treatment by Dr Christopher Bridgett



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