We have a program of research that has been focused on understanding recovery within mental health settings. This has involved development and dissemination of the Collaborative Recovery Model. We have also helped to establish a number of measures of psychological recovery. These tools are designed to measure constructs that are more meaningful to consumers than conventional outcome measures. They were developed in response to consumer criticisms of traditional clinical measures, which tend to focus on illness and disability. In contrast, our measures have a positive psychology focus and target psychological recovery and personal growth.
The Stages of Recovery Instrument (STORI), the STORI-30, and the self-identified stage of recovery (SISR) are self-report measures for assessing stage of recovery from mental illness. The SIST-R is an interview-based assessment developed to overcome the difficulties that some people may have in completing self-report measures. Below you will find descriptions of the STORI, STORI-30, SISR and the SIST-R, and links to related journal articles.
The STORI is available in a number of languages. The SISR is also available in a number of languages. You may download the STORI, STORI-30 or the SISR for use in research or in the clinic. There is no charge for these measures, but we do request that you make the usual proper acknowledgment.
We recommend that users of any of the measures on these pages refer to our book, Psychological Recovery: Beyond Mental Illness which elaborates on the processes of recovery using the words of consumers to bring to life the theory supporting the model.