Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Lance T. Peterson


Social Work


The purpose of this research was to examine the shift in the mental health service delivery from the medical model to the Clubhouse model, using a psychosocial rehabilitative approach. Twenty-four articles were included in the systematic review to collect the data for this study. The use of Clubhouses and drop-in centers were a primary focus when looking at the shift from the medical model of mental health recovery, and clubhouses are important to those in communities who live with serious and persistent mental illnesses (SPMI). A thematic analysis was completed after reviewing the articles, in an effort to examine the benefits a clubhouse provides to communities, as well as the difficulties faced when opening a clubhouse. Definitions and key words were extracted from articles relating to key identifiers and member identifiers. Other themes include barriers, resources and the general theory of the article. The importance of peer relationships was identified throughout the research as well. Clubhouses provide a place for individuals to go, to hang out without judgment, and to be set up with service and supports if they are in need. There is an endless opportunity for further growth on this topic of research, exploring the benefits of Clubhouses and/or drop-in center in collaboration with peer support, and informing Social Work practice for those with SPMI.

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