Workshop - Preparing for Recovery from - Psychosis: a Family Approach

This is a 5 day residential on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides for people with lived experience, family members and professionals involved in supporting a person through "psychosis" and other mental health conditions together they will learn that recovery is not only possible but that it involves all stakeholders working on their own recovery journey.

Rooms and Sponsers
Please choose a room and if you would like to sponser a person to join a course in future.
Course dates 2024

Facilitated by Karen Taylor, places are limited, early booking advised.  Cost includes accommodation, up to 6 nights & meals. The Course begins 3.30pm on Sunday then  Dinner and finishes middaybefore lunch Friday . (Participants can arrive at accommodation from Saturday arriving after 4pm, If you want to stay the friday night either end please let me know there is an extra charge for room and meals.

About the Week, this 5 day course has been developed from our learning in the various recovery houses we have been privileged to be involved in over the last 20 years. The course is both experiential and taught.  It will begin on Sunday 4pm, followed with dinner at 6;30pm - a chance to get to know each other and start formally on Monday at 9.30am and finishing Friday at 12.30pm.

      Day One - What is recovery? - Karen will explore what we mean by recovery and the importance that Choice, Ownership, People and Self have in starting the Journey of Recovery. Day Two - You are not the Problem -

      Day Two -will focus on exploring why people often feel that somehow they are the problem and that they cannot recover. The day will also allow people to determine what the real problem is.

      Day Three - The Importance of Story – Day Four will both explore the importance of our stories both that of the person and the family, it will also lay out a number of ways we can tell our stories. 

      Day Four -The Illness Trap - Karen will focus on the barriers that can often get in the way of a persons’ recovery exploring ways they can be overcome. Look at creative ways of working with voices and other unusual experiences, using voice dialogue and voice & family sculpting.  

     Day Five - Taking it Forward - An opportunity to decide how to go forward with the learning of the week. Look at P.A.T.H, Planning Alternative Tomorrows (with) Hope 

During the week participants will have the opportunity to:

    • Consider the underlying origins of recovery, in order to strip back to the underlying values, to ‘start again’.

    • Explore the family experience. • Learn about the importance of writing a journal.

    • Explore in depth the idea of “you are not the problem”. • Learn about the process of stories we tell ourselves and how the process of externalising language, can assist in changing the stories we/others tell about ourselveves

    • Develop an understanding of the barriers that stops recovery and explore ways to overcome these.

    • Develop an understanding of the ‘Illness Trap’ and how to negotiate through it. • Through practical exercise learn about the importance of writing a plan. • With discussion and conversations throughout the course, develop confidence in working with/or personally to be ready to continue the recovery process.

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