Authors: Chris Dixon, Margie Nunn, Pheobe Williamson, Elizabeth Fraser, Kevin Ong
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Implementing the Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM) at Eastern Health Mental Health Program reflects the evolving role of Lived Experience of recovery in mental health workforces. CRM is a strengths-based coaching model and training package (Oades, Crowe & Nguyen, 2009). People with Lived Experience have an essential role in supporting systems to rise above the roar (focusing on what’s wrong) and move towards wellbeing (focusing on what’s strong). Stories of change, hope and growth sparks practitioners to empower people, their families and support people to take charge of their health and wellbeing. The co-facilitation and co-production of CRM at EHMHP attempts to address power imbalance of “us and them”. This paper describes the experiences of co-producing and co-facilitating CRM training to mental health staff. CRM Trainers reflect on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of training and “coaching” a mental health service, with clinicians who ranged from the sceptical to the enthusiastic. Filmed stories will bring to life the lived experiences that emphasise the importance of collaboration and the strength of the working alliance as the best predictor of recovery outcomes. Lived Experience leadership within a tertiary mental health service builds and sustains collaborative recovery and balances the whisper with the roar.