Let's get real: Real Skills for people working in mental health and addiction

Let’s get real is a framework that describes the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes required to deliver effective mental health and addiction treatment services.

Published online: 
18 September 2008
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Update: Let's get real was refreshed in October 2018. The new version can be found on the Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui website.

It is explicit in stating the expectations for people who work in mental health and addiction treatment services irrespective of their role, discipline or position in the organisational structure.

Values and attitudes underpin all the work of mental health and addiction treatment services. They are expressed in action through each of the seven skill sets. Each skill set has a broad definition and three levels (essential, practitioner and leader) of performance indicators.

The Ministry’s goal is that the implementation of Let’s get real has a practical focus. With that aim in mind, guides, tools and other resources that support the use and application of the framework in different contexts have been developed. Let’s get real will become part of the nationwide service framework. More information is available on the Te Pou website

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    18 September 2008
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-31793-0 (Print)
  • HP number:
    4628
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2008. Let’s get real: Real Skills for people working in mental health and addiction. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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