Collaborative Recovery Model

Collaborative Recovery Model

Brief outline of the Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM)

The CRM is a practice model designed to incorporate practices that have been shown to assist people living within enduring mental illness

The Collaborative Recovery Training Program, based on the model, is designed to assist mental health workers assist those living with illness

The model is relevant to the broader “system of recovery” i.e. carers, self-help and whole organisations in addition to mental health workers.

The CRM incorporates influences from a number of sources:

  • The Recovery Movement – Power & Autonomy
  • Positive Psychology – Hope, Strengths & Wellbeing
  • Consumer Participation Movement
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Coaching-style relationships
  • Organisational & Workforce Development

Guiding Principles

Recovery as an Individual Process

  • A focus on increasing wellbeing rather than decreasing symptoms.
  • It aims to promote the processes of psychological recovery.

Collaboration and Autonomy Support

  • A focus on the working alliance and supporting the autonomy of the client.

Four Components

  1. Change Enhancement
  2. Collaborative Strengths and Values Identification
  3. Collaborative Visioning and Goal Striving
  4. Collaborative Action and Monitoring

The advantages of the Collaborative Recovery Training Program:

  • Generic skills that can be used flexibly
  • Approaches that are relevant across case management and psychosocial rehabilitation contexts
  • Emphasis on issues of autonomy, hope, and individual experience central to the recovery movement within mental health
  • Skills based components than have an evidence base
  • Incorporates a system of measurement, consistent with the need for mental health services to generate evidence.

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