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

£550.00

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.

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Facilitated by Karen Taylor, places are limited, early booking advised.  Cost includes accommodation, up to seven nights & meals. Beginning 4pm on Sunday with Dinner to lunch Friday included. (Participants can arrive at accommodation from Saturday arriving after 4pm, they can stay to the following Saturday and leave by 10am). About the Week, this one week 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 6pm - 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 - The second day 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 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 Four - 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 Five - Taking it Forward - An opportunity to decide how to go forward with the learning of the week. 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 ourselves. • 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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