The consumer–survivor movement, recovery, and consumer professionals.
ABSTRACT This article presents a brief history of the consumer-survivor movement in the United States, including the basis for various viewpoints within that movement. The authors also describe the concept of recovery that has arisen primarily from within the consumer movement and how it offers an important perspective for mental health providers. Also described is the impact of stigma and discrimination, which are especially destructive when they come from mental health providers. Finally, the authors explore the importance and utility for consumers to have mental health providers who themselves have experienced a serious mental illness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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ABSTRACT: This paper explores the potential benefits that books, and specifically memoirs, might offer mental health students, positing that first-person testimonials might make the complex experiences of a mental health challenge, in this case, eating disorders, accessible to learners. The paper presents a pedagogical approach, based on transformative learning, to assist in encouraging the development of a recovery approach in students. Transformative learning is a pedagogy that is interested in problematic practices that keep afflicting an area, such as the imbalanced focus on learning illness, rather than well-being, and in pondering and revising the educational solutions. The paper proposes that forward movement in this area will be based on considering and developing such innovative curricula, and researching its impact. By virtue of their accessibility, memoirs could offer to a large audience the benefits of universality, empathy, hope, and guidance. Teachers and learners could be making use of these books in face-to-face or online activities. This paper explores the groundwork that is needed before eating disorder memoirs can be confidently recommended as a therapeutic tool.International journal of mental health nursing 07/2014; · 1.29 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This paper discusses the use of poetry therapy to assist in the exploration of diagnostic identity among psychiatric inpatients. A small group approach enhances self-expression, collaboration, and peer interaction. Strategies are suggested to help the individual understand the effects of his or her label and the resulting stigma. A need exists for more research specifically studying the use of poetry therapy with this population. An examination of selected poems and implications for clinical practice are discussed.Journal of Poetry Therapy 01/1999; 12(4).
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ABSTRACT: The psychiatric survivor movement is a political movement dedicated to fighting for human rights in the mental health system. People who identify as psychiatric survivors have experienced human rights abuses in the mental health system. A small number of psychiatric survivors have chosen to reenter the system as mental health professionals, and the current project focuses on the experiences of people with this dual-identity. The primary goal is to facilitate further dialogues between psychologists and the survivor movement by exploring the implications of identifying with both discourses. I interviewed five survivor-therapists, and asked how their identities as psychiatric survivors influence their approaches to therapy, and the nature of the relationship between these two identities.The Humanistic Psychologist 01/2011; 39(4):324-337.