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Recovery and Wellness
Models of Hope and Empowerment for People with Mental Illness

ISBN 9780789019059
Published October 25, 2002 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Learn to harness the process of recovery from mental illness for use in the transformative healing of your OT clients!

This informative book for occupational therapists describes the Recovery Model from theoretical and experiential perspectives, and shows how to use it most effectively. It examines the major constructs of the model, describes the recovery process, offers specific OT approaches to support recovery, and provides guidelines for incorporating wellness and recovery principles into mental health services.

This unique book you will show you:

  • how recovery--in this case from schizophrenia--can be used as a transformative healing process
  • the challenges and benefits of a dual role as a mental health professional and a consumer of mental health services
  • the story of one occupational therapist’s journey of discovery in relation to her own mental illness
  • why treating mental illness as a medical problem can be counterproductive to recovery
  • three different teaching approaches--the executive approach, the therapist approach, and the liberationist approach--and how they lead to dramatically different outcomes
  • the vital relationship between occupational therapy and recovery and wellness--with an enlightening case study
  • how to use the Adult Sensory Profile to evaluate and design interventions for sensory processing preferences
  • a system for monitoring, reducing, and eliminating uncomfortable or dangerous physical symptoms and feelings
  • how to establish partnerships between mental health researchers and persons with psychiatric disabilities

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Recovery and Wellness: Models of Hope and Empowerment for People with Mental Illness
  • Part One: Consumer/Survivor Perspectives
  • Recovery as a Self-Directed Process of Healing and Transformation
  • Unique Eyes and Different Windows of Opportunity: The Consumer Provider Perspective
  • Where the Rainbow Speaks and Catches the Sun: An Occupational Therapist Discovers Her True Colors
  • Part Two: Philosophical Perspectives
  • Life Experience Is Not a Disease or Why Medicalizing Madness is Counterproductive to Recovery
  • Teaching Approaches and Occupational Therapy Psychoeducation
  • Part Three: Application of Recovery Principles
  • Recovery and Occupational Therapy in the Community Mental Health Setting
  • What Is the Best Environment for Me? A Sensory Processing Perspective
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan: A System for Monitoring, Reducing and Eliminating Uncomfortable or Dangerous Physical Symptoms and Emotional Feelings
  • Participatory Action Research: A Model for Establishing Partnerships Between Mental Health Researchers and Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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