A New Construct For Illness And Disability: Where Consumer And Provider Intersect, And Find A Better Way Forward

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Authors: M Pacers

Year: 2002

Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Spirituality & Mental Health, book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: It is widely acknowledged that the needs of consumers should guide service development, however, there has been relatively little progress made in this area. We have operated within the current framework, and been entrenched in the traditional ideas of illness and disability for too long.

This paper will propose a new construct by which to view illness and disability, with a focus on the full impact of disability on people with mental illness. This new perspective will have direct implications for program design and staff competencies, as well as the definition and measurement of both service and individual outcomes.

Two major parts involved in recovery will be discussed

1. Acceptance of the new/altered situation and

2. Adaptation to the new/altered situation. This construct allows service providers to begin to expand and achieve greater depth with regards to the ‘barriers to recovery’, and hence to guide service development.

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