Authors: Glenda Lanson and Simon Gatt, VIC
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Recovery and creativity, community re-integration
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: A group of individuals each with varied goals present challenging opportunities to a staff team devoted to the ideals of quality, individual rehabilitation and recovery. On The Move (OTM) individuals are highly motivated and very focussed towards community re-integration and a wide range of vocational options. Client members and staff work together as a team, so moving on then becomes realistic, positive and exciting. The team’s high motivation requires excellent communication skills development with good listening and hearing so that no person’s opportunity is overlooked. People apply to join OTM, are assessed and, since the group encourages physical exercise as a balance to other skills development, provide clearance from their GP enabling participation in physical pursuits. Discussion occurs around vocational topics, healthy eating and developing successful mental health strategies. Individuals set their own goals with staff and peer support of these goals, linking into either internal or external opportunities. Outcomes have included TAFE, employment, moving to the country, and setting up own businesses. OTM is about people moving on positively, meeting their own agendas based on individual goals around health, fitness and self-awareness that has led to positive and long-lasting life changes with own-choice community integration.