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Welcome to ‘The Strengths Revolution’ with Steve Morgan… helping inquisitive people like you to maximize your strengths, so you become more of who you really are. Whether you are looking to develop your own potential, or to get the most out of your team or organisation, tune into my weekly podcast show where I will share ideas and simple strategies to help you identify strengths, tap into your personal resources, and take calculated risks. In 2017 this has become a location for my brief YouTube risk & strengths training videos, primarily developed for my ‘Positive Risk-Taking’ Membership Site.

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Following an initial career as a qualified Town Planner Steve Morgan has briefly worked as an Occupational Therapist on an acute in-patient unit in the mid-1980’s, before taking up roles in community mental health and assertive outreach in inner-city London services from 1987 to 1997. He spent 7 years working in the Sainsbury Centre for Mental health training section (initially on a part-time secondment), before leaving in October 2001 to establish his own practice development consultancy: Practice Based Evidence. 

Gained an M.A. in ‘Practice Development in Mental Health’ in 1998, with the National Centre for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University. Published textbooks training manuals and articles from 1993 onwards (see lists below), and established his website (www.practicebasedevidence.com) from February 2004. This podcast show, The Strengths Revolution, commenced in April 2014.

Steve project managed the fieldwork for the National Audit Office Crisis Teams Study (2007), published findings from seven Practice Based Evidence assertive outreach team practice development projects (2008), and is currently a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Accreditation Committee for Home Treatment Teams. He joined Neuro Health Case Management Services in February 2013, and Westcountry Case Management in December 2015 currently working with a small caseload of people experiencing acquired brain injury and/or severe physical trauma.



1.     “Community Mental Health : Practical Approaches to Long-Term           Problems” (1993). Cheltenham, Nelson Thornes (formerly Chapman & Hall, London).

2.     “Helping Relationships in Mental Health” (1996). Cheltenham, Nelson Thornes (formerly Chapman & Hall, London).

3.     “Assertive Outreach: A Strengths Approach to Policy and Practice” (2004). Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone. (Written with Peter Ryan).

4.     “The Art of Co-ordinating Care: a handbook of best practice for everyone in care and support” (2009). Brighton, OLM-Pavilion. (Written with Andrew & Roberta Wetherell).

5.      “Risk Decision-Making: Working with risk and implementing positive risk-taking” (2013). [Manual & CD-Rom] Brighton, Pavilion Publishing & Media.

6.      “Working with Strengths: Putting Personalisation and Recovery into Practice” (due April 2014). Brighton, Pavilion Publishing & Media.

 Contributory Chapters

1.     Ch. 12 – “The Assessment and Management of Risk” pp265-290. In: Charlie Brooker and Julie Repper (eds) “Serious Mental Health Problems in the Community” (1998). London, Balliere Tindall.

2.     Ch. 26 – “Caring for the patient with substance misuse” pp961-989. In: M. Walsh (ed.) “Watson’s Clinical Nursing and Related Sciences” 6th edn. (2002). London, Balliere Tindall. (Written with Tara O’Neill).

3.     Ch. 22 – “Case management and assertive outreach” pp261-273. In: B. Hannigan and M. Coffey (eds) “The Handbook of Community Mental Health Nursing” (2003). London, Routledge.

4.     Ch. 8 – “Assessing and managing risk” pp208-240. In: I. Norman and I. Ryrie (eds) “The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A Textbook of Principles and Practice” (2004). Maidenhead, Open University Press. (Written with Andrew Wetherell).

5.     Ch. 11 – “Working with risk” pp231-259. In: I. Norman and I. Ryrie (eds) “The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A Textbook of Principles and Practice”. 2nd Edition (2009). Maidenhead, Open University Press. (Written with Andrew Wetherell).

6.     Ch. 14 – “Funky Mental Health” pp238-250. In: C. Williams, M. Firn, S. Wharne and R. Macpherson (eds.) “Assertive Outreach in Mental Healthcare: Current Perspectives” (2011). Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell. (Written with Sue Jugon).


1.     “Down Your Street : models of extended community support services for people with mental health problems” (1998). Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, London. (Joint authorship with Lesley Warner, Richard Ford, Sandra Bagnall, Catriona McDaid, Sonia Mawhinney).

2.     “Active Outreach: An independent service user evaluation of a model of assertive outreach practice” (2001). Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, London. (Written with Roberta Graley-Wetherell).

3.     “How can ‘Positive Risk-Taking’ help build Dementia-Friendly Communities?” (11th November 2014). A ‘Viewpoint’ publication by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Written with Toby Williamson, Mental Health Foundation).

4.     “Reflective Exercise 2: Magic Moments and Positive Risk-Taking” (April 2016). Pp 25-26 in: Andrews, N. (Ed.) ‘Magic Moments: Inspire, Motivate, Support!’ Swansea: Swansea University.


1.     “You What, John ? ” (1992). Case Management Quarterly, R.D.P., London.

2.     “Strengths Case Management : A Focus on Ability” (1995). Ergoterapeuten (Norwegian Journal of Occupational Therapy), 38(8):24-8.

3.     “Managing Risk and Promoting Safety in the Community” (1996). Editorial feature for ‘CMHT Manager’, Issue 7 : Aug/Sept. Mental Health Foundation, London.

4.     “Different pathways to employment” (1997). Offprint 39, The Open University School of Health and Social Welfare, Course K257 : Mental Health and Distress : Perspectives and Practice. (With Jill Reynolds).

5.     “Assessing Personal Strengths” (1997). Argentina Journal of Occupational Therapy – Materia Prima, 1(2) : 5-6.

6.     “Assertive Outreach : Implications for the development of the model in the United Kingdom.” (1999 – Hemming, M., Morgan, S. and O’Halloran, P.) Journal of Mental Health, 8(2) : 141-147.

7.     “Balancing care and control : risk management and compulsory community treatment.” (1999, with Mark Hemming). Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Care, 3(1) : 19-21.

8.     “Assertive Outreach : Risk-making or Risk-taking?” (2000).Openmind,  101: 16-17.

9.     “Assertive Outreach : the importance of being focused.” (2000). Care Plan, 7(1) : 12-16.

10.   “Scaling Paper Mountains” (2001). Openmind, 107: 20-21.

11.   “They asked what I needed” (2002 with Roberta Graley-Wetherell). Mental Health Today, March pp 25-27.

12.   “Practice based evidence” (2002 with David Juriansz). Openmind, 114: 12-13.

13.   “Uncovering creative capability” (2002 with David Juriansz). Mental Health Today, July pp 25-28.

14.   “Strengths-based practice” (2004). Openmind, 126: 16-17.

15.   “Positive risk-taking: an idea whose time has come” (2004). Health Care Risk Report, 10(10): 18-19.

16.   “Reshaping the risk agenda” (2005). Openmind, 135: 19.

17.   “CPA: process or event?” (2007). Openmind, 143: 19-21.

18.   “Visions of risk” (2007). Openmind, 146: 7-8.

19.   “Learning Curve: Working with Risk” (2007). Mental Health Today, September pp36-37.

20.   “One foot in the door” (2008 with Kirt Hunte). Mental Health Today, March pp32-35.

21.   “Whose crisis?” (2008 with Kirt Hunte). Openmind, 150: 18-19.

22.   “Strengths Assertive Outreach: A Review of Seven Practice Development Programmes” (2008). Mental Health Review Journal13(2): 40-46.

23.   “Personalisation revisited” (2009). Openmind, 159: 10-11.

24.   “Positive risk-taking: a basis for good risk decision-making” (2010). Health Care Risk Report, 16(4): 20-21.

25.   “Making good risk decisions in mental health and social care” (2010). Health Care Risk Report, 16(5): 16-17.

26.   “Opportunities and risks of the personalisation agenda” (2010). Nursing Management, 17(2): 20-22.

27.   “A Risky Business” (2010). Learning Disability Today, August/September pp18-20.

28.   “Reflective practice in staff training” (2012). Open Mind, 172: 20-21.

29.   “Positive risk-taking: from rhetoric to reality” (2016 with Nick Andrews). Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 11(2): 122-132.

Training Materials:

1.     “Access to Employment, Volunteering, Education, Training and other Satisfying Activities.” Module 4, Section 8; Course K257 : Mental Health and Distress : Perspectives and Practice. The Open University School of Health Welfare and Community Education (1994/5 for 1997).

2.     “Assessing & Managing Risk” (1998) Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, and Pavilion, Brighton. 2-part training package for practitioners and managers of Community Mental Health Teams: Part 1 – 2 day Trainers Manual; Part 2 – Practitioner Handbook.

3.     “Implementing Assertive Outreach” (1999). Unpublished paper, with Deborah Davidson and Mark Hemming.

4.      Ch. 6 – “Individual Care Planning in the UK”. In : Thurstine Bassett (ed.) “Looking to the Future : key issues in contemporary mental health services” (2000). Pavilion, Brighton (for Mental Health Foundation – Certificate in Community Mental Health Care course). Written with Su Akbar-Khan.

5.      Ch. 7 – “Risk and Safety”. In : Thurstine Bassett (ed.) “Looking to the Future : key issues in contemporary mental health services” (2000). Pavilion, Brighton (for Mental Health Foundation – Certificate in Community Mental Health Care course).

6.     “Clinical Risk Management: A Clinical Tool and Practitioner Manual.” (2000). Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, London.

7.     “Learning and Development Resources”. On-line training materials jointly developed with Caroline Godleman to support the implementation of the Department of Health risk framework: Independence, choice and risk: a Guide to best practice in supported decision making’ (2007).

8.     “Working with Risk.” (2007). A Trainers Manual & Practitioners Manual. OLM-Pavilion, Brighton.

National Organisations

1.     “Are Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Services seeing the patients they are supposed to see?” A report of fieldwork visits for the National Audit Office (2007). Written with Jess Hudson, Kirt Hunte and Roberta Wetherell.

2.     “Making the CPA work for you: service users & carers and the Care Programme Approach” (National Leaflet). Produced for the Department of Health in collaboration with ARW Training Consultancy (March 2008).

3.     “Making the CPA work for you: service users & carers and the Care Programme Approach” (National Booklet). Produced for the Department of Health in collaboration with ARW Training Consultancy. (March 2008).

4.     “Making the CPA work for you: service users & carers and the Care Programme Approach” (National DVD). Produced for the Department of Health in collaboration with ARW Training Consultancy (March 2008).

5.      “Risk Enablement” Frontline Briefing for Research in Practice for Adults. Rosie McNamara and Steve Morgan (February 2016).


1.     “Finance and Mental Health” (1996). Derek Heptinstall, for The Matthew Trust.

2.     “Keys to Engagement” (1998). London, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.

3.     Onyett, S. (2003) Teamworking in mental health. London, Palgrave.

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