A symposium on the Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM)
Frank Deane, University of Wollongong
In the CRM, recovery is framed as journey that is unique and non-linear. It involves an individual’s self-determination to find a positive meaningful identity. Recovery generally follows stages in order of moratorium, awareness, preparation, rebuilding and growth.
Personal goal attainment was a prominent outcome of consumers who worked clinicians with CRM training. This was noted to be particularly helpful as goal attainment was also associated with greater hope, self-confidence and sense of meaning and identity. Recovery was also found to be strongly connected with the working alliance of a consumer and mental health worker.
Andrew gave a really interesting and heartfelt talk on his experience as a consumer on the pathway to recovery. Andrew’s treatment was based on the CRM. He emphasised how the model enabled his recovery to be self-determined and consequently enabled him to pursue personally meaningful goals on his path to recovery.
Andrew explained some of the practical components of the CRM including the “camera”, “map” and “compass” and how they helped him in daily life.
Andrew’s presentation was fantastic. It gave such a strong sense of the difference that the CRM makes for people’s recovery.
Karen presented on the implementation of CRM through NEAMI as a whole of organisation change to recovery oriented practice. Staff received 3 day training, 6 month booster and then an annual booster after that. They also wanted to know if their implementation had fidelity to the model. They achieved this by surveying both providers and consumers to determine, for example, if their priorities were aligned and their perceptions of the helpfulness of the support was similar. The results are promising: see -