Authors: Joan McMillan
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, NURSING, NEW ZEALAND, Staff commitment and expertise, Client motivation, strengths, potential and hope.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In December 1997 the employees of Second Chance received an award from the Governor General, Sir Hardie Boyes for providing a rehabilitation service of excellence.
This article is an historical account about a small team of dedicated Nurses who started an employment scheme for clients in a long-term villa in 1989. The rehabilitation programme that was developed was based on the client’s strengths and potential abilities. The chronicity of their psychiatric illness symptoms and minimal resources were overcome by devising a programme where the client could reach their full potential to live in the community.
The key to the success of their rehabilitation was starting a business, in partnership with the clients, that increased their self-esteem, self worth and motivation.
This business, today in 1999, has developed to provide an excellent work ethic for all employees and has expanded through Franchises throughout New Zealand.