I work for a major charity in the substance misuse treatment field and am particularly interested in the mental health concept of 'Recovery' (in the sense of an individual 'recovering a life more meaningful for them' rather than the traditional medical model concept of 'cure'). As a member of the Advisory Group on the RSA User Centred Services Project, I recently participated in an excellent symposium on 'Route Maps to Recovery' and am keen for other Fellows to both connect with the project and to engage more generally with the Recovery agenda.
William this is really interesting - thank you for posting. Do you have any more information you could post or link to on "Route Maps for Recovery'?
It is my view the recovery concept works best where the duty of care leans more towards voluntarily action. For example drug and alcohol services (as exemplified int he 12 step philosophy).
The drive to implement 'recovery' in mainstream mental health settings is complicated by issues of risk. No-one wants to end up in the Coroners Court dock being accused of not delivering their duty of care adequately. In turn the monitoring/surveillance and drive for compliance/insight can be said to frustrate the liberation sought by the notion of 'recovery'. However, there are those who would see these as the cornerstone of this particular philosophy and full agreement on the part of the 'client/patient/service user' key to their progress. Perhaps this is the bit where 'recovery' starts getting complicated.
For me the emphasis upon strengths rather than weaknesses is to be applauded. It remains to be seem if we currently have too much going on too soon though. Contemporary service restructuring could be setting many people up to fail and risks reinforcing traditional stereotypes.