Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Petra Kottsieper, PhD, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

Third Advisor

Rebecca Vauter, PsyD, ABPP


Recovery principles are currently guiding the transformation of mental health practice and policy in the United States (Anthony, 2000; Davidson et al., 2005; Davidson et al., 2006; Ralph & Corrigan, 2007). Although principles of recovery have become the focus of mental health care reform, they have just begun to enter the forensic system (Hillbrand & Young, 2008). This is important because the forensic state hospital population has experienced a significant growth, reportedly approximating 50 % of all beds in given states, while the general civil state hospital population continues to decline (Salzer et al., 2006). Furthermore, Hillbrand and Young (2008) suggest that instilling hope is an essential treatment goal in forensic settings. The purpose of this study is to provide qualitative and survey research designed to examine and operationalize how recovery-oriented services have been implemented by program directors and staff as well as the challenges that may exist in forensic settings.