Poor practice – Better practice


Max is 25, he is a client of the Early Intervention Dual Diagnosis team after experiencing a first episode psychosis secondary to extensive Marijuana use over several years. Max required a three-week admission to the Acute Inpatient Unit, he was discharged three months ago. During his admission, Max met, and commenced working with Don, his Clinical Therapist. Don is a social worker of several years experience, he has worked as an EIDD clinician for 3 years, Don’s practice is based upon the principles of evidence-based recovery, which are:

  • Client centred.
  • Educative and inclusive.
  • Considerate of client personal support systems.
  • Encourages and facilitates onward referral to, and linkage with, relevant community providers such as job agencies, GP, drug and alcohol supports etc.
  • Reliant on developing a collaborative partnership with the client, and community/personal supports, as indicated by client choice.


Max is attending mental health services for his regular weekly catch up with Don, after missing his last two planned appointments. Max had been abstinent from ‘smoking dope’ for two months, but ‘fell off the wagon’, after contact with friends triggered a return to previous substance use behaviours.

Disclaimer: The scenario has no known association  with any  events, or people.

Poor Practice – Better Practice

The clinician sets the scene for the process of any planned psychotherapeutic intervention. These video clips are a simple reminder that planning our intervention style is sensible practice and has a big impact on the outcome of any intervention.

Disclaimer: ‘Max’ is played by a trained actor, there is no known association to the material portrayed in the role play(s).

Poor Practice

Better Practice

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