Book of Proceedings: The Social Context of Recovery – Using the Concepts of a Life Space and Relational Well-Being to Inform a Family Inclusive Recovery-Based Practice Framework

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Authors: Ann Harper, Nadine Thomas and Robert Bland, QLD

Year: 2016

Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, family-inclusive recovery-based practice framework – FIRM

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9945702-1-5

Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.

There is general acknowledgement that recovery is a personal journey undertaken within the context of the everyday social environments in which people live. Close relationships can support or hinder recovery and there is mounting recognition of the need to support these relationships. However there is less understanding about how to do so. When engaging with significant others, it soon becomes apparent that the well-being of the whole network, not just that of the person with the diagnosis, is at stake. Unfortunately there is little articulation of the premises underpinning a more collectivist view of recovery, let alone what the practice implications are. This presentation describes the family-inclusive recovery-based practice framework – FIRM (Harper and Thomas, 2016) and articulates the premises and practice elements of an evolving collectivist understanding of recovery. Key to this model is the concept of a LIFE SPACE, which attempts to identify the elements and dynamics of a person’s recovery and life in general. The concept of relational well-being is proffered as a third consideration for recovery-based practice, complementary to concepts of personal and clinical recovery. The implications for practice are significant and ways in which this model might be applied within the current policy framework are discussed.

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