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    assertive outreach teams

    Assertive outreach teams.
    They are teams that help mental patients in the UK and as far as I know- in the US. I am puzzled by the adjective "assertive" in their name - who or what does it refer to Who is supposed to be assertive : the patients or the people working in these teams? Thank you for any help you can provide.

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    Re: assertive outreach teams

    My guess is it is the helpers are being assertive, or they are being assertive on the client's behalf. But don't you have some context for that?



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    Re: assertive outreach teams

    You are probably right. From the services they provide one might guess they must be strong people. This is a description of their "clients" :

    This service is restricted to those:
    • <LI class="">with severe and enduring mental illnesses <LI class="">that have a history of not engaging with other services or find them difficult to use <LI class=" onhover">at significant risk of self harm or violence towards others, self neglect and/or exploitation by others
    • who are at high risk of relapse due to their fragile mental state

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    Re: assertive outreach teams

    It is a unique form of dealing with patients.

    See:

    http://www.earlypsychosis.org.nz/pdf...e-outreach.pdf

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    Re: assertive outreach teams

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    It is a unique form of dealing with patients.

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    http://www.earlypsychosis.org.nz/pdf...e-outreach.pdf
    This explains the term:

    Assertive outreach is a way of working with an identified client group of severely mentally ill adults who do not effectively engage with mental health services. The approach is characterised by work with clients in their own environment, wherever that may be. Mental health services have traditionally been delivered in office or hospital-based settings where the client comes to the mental health professional at a pre-arranged time. In assertive outreach, the worker goes to see the client in his or her environment - be that home, a cafe, a park or in the street wherever it is most needed and most effective. Housing departments, police stations, social security offices and inpatient units can also be suitable locations for meetings between client and assertive outreach team workers.


    This flexibility of approach allows services to be provided to people who may not otherwise receive them, where they feel most comfortable. Workers may also visit or accompany clients when they use other services. This encourages a two-way engagement that helps to develop trust and
    rapport and to establish links with other agencies.

    Assertive outreach staff expect to see their clients frequently and to stay in contact, however difficult that may be. The long-term aim is to build a relationship between the individual and mental health services. Assertive outreach workers aim to establish a trusting relationship with each client
    in a flexible, creative and needs-focused way that enables the delivery of a health and social care package that fits each client's own specific needs.
    (Thanks to Susie for the link.)



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    Re: assertive outreach teams

    Yes, the word "assertive" would describe the health care workers, in that they are taking the actions to make sure that the client receives help. They are seeking out the patient and going to him/her. That is assertive behavioras opposed to passively waiting for the patient to approach the health care facility.

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    Re: assertive outreach teams

    In my opinion it is a poor choice of adjective as 'assertive' suggests some kind of force or advantage.

    Proactive might have been a better choice of word.

    Just a thought .

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