Mental health consumer-run programs: Awareness and attitudes of social work educators

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis. Consumer-run programs (CRPs) are prevalent and evidence shows that they provide effective services to those with severe mental illnesses. Despite this, low levels of awareness of and negative attitudes toward CRPs persist on the part of professionals. Since mental health educators train these professionals, we explored their attitudes and awareness, with the idea that educators may pass their biases on to students. In addition to CRP awareness and attitudes, another goal of this study was to determine to what extent consumer content is being included in curricula. A survey research design was used to explore these questions among faculty members nationwide. Findings show positive attitudes and high levels of awareness among faculty in social work, but low levels of inclusion of consumer content in mental health courses. Several findings contradict expectation and need further exploration.

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Social Work in Mental Health

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