Creating Change in Mental Health Organizations by George W. Fairweather

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We would like to cooperate in any way we can to help you find the answers you are seeking. I shall notify the staffs at the State Hospital that you will be asking questions of them regarding this matter. Sincerely, Since the letters from the various mental health directors throughout the states suggested the research group would meet little resistance in contacting the various hospitals, the way was clear to proceed with implementing the research project itself. In order to clarify what we were offering the hospital in our initial contact with them, it is now important to review the manner in which the three persuasion conditions (brochure, workshop, and demonstration model) were developed and what was contained in each of them.

We would like to cooperate in any way we can to help you find the answers you are seeking. I shall notify the staffs at the State Hospital that you will be asking questions of them regarding this matter. Sincerely, Since the letters from the various mental health directors throughout the states suggested the research group would meet little resistance in contacting the various hospitals, the way was clear to proceed with implementing the research project itself. In order to clarify what we were offering the hospital in our initial contact with them, it is now important to review the manner in which the three persuasion conditions (brochure, workshop, and demonstration model) were developed and what was contained in each of them.

A second technique often used, particularly by those proponents of groups methods such as T-groups, and the like, was the workshop method. In this technique, a presentation of all the material concerning the advantages of the lodge treatment program in contrast to traditional programs was presented verbally in a face-to-face situation with the concerned hospital personnel. Illustrative slides, large and small group discussions, and question-and-answer periods were the central features of the workshop technique.

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