Promising Practice

Supported Education for individuals with psychiatric disabilities is generally considered to be a promising practice. Promising practices are clinical service models that have expert consensus or other support, but which have not been rigorously evaluated scientifically.

Supported Edu. Principles

From the Supported Education Implementation Guide (Draft Version 2008) developed for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by Karen Unger.

1.  Access to and participation in an education program is the goal.

2.  Eligibility is based on consumer choice.

3.  Supported education services begin soon after the consumer expresses interest.

4.  Supported education is integrated with treatment.

5.  Follow-along supports are continuous.

6.  Consumer preferences guide services.

7.  Supported education is strength based and promotes growth and hope.