Personal Recovery and Mental Illness: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Recovery is a concept which has emerged from the experiences of people with mental illness. It involves a shift away from traditional clinical preoccupations such as managing risk and avoiding relapse, towards new priorities of supporting the person in working towards their own goals and taking responsibility for their own life. This book sets an agenda for mental health services internationally, by converting these ideas of recovery into an action plan for professionals. The underlying principles are explored, and five reasons identified for why supporting recovery should be the primary goal. A new conceptual basis for mental health services is described - the Personal Recovery Framework - which gives primacy to the person over the illness, and identifies the contribution of personal and social identity to recovery. These are brought to life through twenty-six case studies from around the world.

Table of Contents

Mental Illness and Recovery
Overview of the book
The nature of mental illness
What is recovery?
The Primacy of Personal Recovery
Epistemological rationale
Ethical rationale
Effectiveness rationale
Empowerment rationale
Policy rationale
Recovery-Focussed Mental Health Services
The Personal Recovery Framework
Fostering relationships with a higher being
Fostering close relationships
Peer relationships
Professional relationships
Promoting well-being
The foundations of a recovery-focussed mental health service
Action planning
Supporting the development of self-management skills
The contribution of medication to recovery
The contribution of risk-taking to recovery
Recovery through crisis
Recognising a recovery focus in mental health services
Improving social inclusion
Concerns held by clinicians
Concerns held by consumers
Organisational transformationWeb resources
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