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Working to Recovery presents: Preparing for Recovery from Psychosis: A Family Approach.

This is a 5-day Residential Course for families, people with lived experience and workers.

VENUEPort of Ness, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles, Scotland, UK

DATES: Sunday 17th February to Friday 22nd February 2019


£625 per person (Single Occupancy)
£425 per person (Twin Occupancy)


Costs include accommodation:
  • Up to 7 nights
  • All meals from Dinner Sunday 17th February to Lunch Friday 22nd February 
  • All course materials
  • Certificate of Completion

Participants can arrive at accommodation from Saturday 16th February at 4pm, can leave Saturday 23rd February by 10am.  Extra Nights are available on request from the Decca, they can also provide Breakfast and Evening Meals, outside the course times.


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Contact Ron or Karen on Tel: 01851 810789 or email:

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 with over the last 20 years.   

The course is both experiential and taught.  It will begin with Sunday 17th February at 6pm with dinner.  A chance to get to know each other and start formerly on Monday 18th Februay at 9.30am.  Finishing Friday at 22nd February 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 what 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 voices and family sculpting.

DAY FOUR - The Importance of Story
Day four will both explore the importance of our stories both that of the person with the problem and the family, it will also lay out a number of ways we can tell our stories.

DAY FIVE - Taking it Forward
Provides an opportunity to decide how to go forward with the learning of the week.

Learning Outcomes 
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 exercises learn about the importance of writing a plan.
  • With discussion and conversation throughout the course, develop confidence in working with/or personally to be ready to continue the recovery process.

Working to Recovery presents:

Creating Safe Places for Recovery: A one-day Seminar with Alison McCabe (Reeves) and Karen Taylor.

This is a 1-day Seminar for commissioners, mental health service managers/staff, housing support managers/staff, mental health workers, community development workers, family members, allies and people with lived experience.

Leeds - Tuesday 26th March 2019
Bristol - Wednesday 27th March 2019
London - Thursday 28th March 2019
Cardiff - Friday 29th March 2019

Registration: 9:00am
Start: 9:30am
Finish: 4.30pm

£80 - Waged
£35 - Unwaged & Students



In this one-day seminar Karen & Alison will explore their experiences of running Crisis and Recovery Houses. There is much interest at the moment of how we can create alternatives to hospital admission and treatment. During the day they will share their experiences, what worked, what didn’t and ask questions of the audience as to what they would envisage the perfect safe space for recovery could be.  Alison ran the very successful Anam Cara for 7 years a crisis and recovery service in the 1990’s in Birmingham, much lauded in the mental health foundation Crisis project workbook and reported in the Guardian:

Karen has been involved in setting up different types of Recovery Houses starting in Gloucester in 2001, currently Houses based on her work with partner Ron Coleman are running in Perth WA, Trieste Italy and Amitola Communities in York UK. Karen has also run residential Five-Day Workshops where people can explore recovery and make leaps in their recovery as well as Recovery Camps, she also regularly uses aids like Skype to walk alongside someone on their recovery journey, creating environments where recovery can and does happen.

Karen Taylor was an RMN with 16 years experience in the NHS in England with both older people and adults of working age.  She has personal experience of designing, implementing and managing innovative community care services.  After leaving the NHS, she has worked with her husband, Ron Coleman bringing the hearing voices approach to many Countries including Italy, Australia, NZ, France, Hong Kong, USA and Canada.  She puts all her experiences into running recovery house projects.  All her learning on working with psychosis is rooted in practice and living with a voice hearer for 20 years.  Recovery from psychosis is possible for everyone, people can learn to understand their experience and move on.  This should be a human right for anyone given this label.  Karen is experienced in working with families and believes real healing happens when dialogue happens.  Karen has co-authored the workbook, ‘Working to Recovery’ and has also been involved in introducing recovery training into Australia, New Zealand, Palestine, Denmark and Italy as well as throughout the United Kingdom.

Alison McCabe comes from a background of developing creativity through her life.  In her thirties she was the Project Manager for an innovative user led mental health service called Anam Cara Crisis House based on Soteria House in California.  It was a pioneering project that widely influenced other services globally.  From this she went onto being a professional storyteller and developing arts programmes in school and the community.  After completing her BA and a distinction in creative writing Alison continued to dedicate most of her time to developing creatively, working in a hospice setting for a number of years.  The opportunity to become an apprentice in sacred sound came along at exactly the right time in her life.  It has really opened up her voice and many healing dimensions of sound and silence. Alison is broadly on a Mystical Christian path though deeply honouring of all religions.  She was born and grew up in South Africa under Apartheid and her passion for justice, equality and peace runs very strong as a theme through her life and work.


This Seminar is suitable for:

  • Commissioners
  • Mental Health Services Managers and Staff
  • Housing Support Managers and Staff
  • Mental Health Workers
  • Community Development Workers
  • Family Members
  • Allies
  • People with Lived Experience


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Phone - 01851 810789 (Mobile - 07884 268 192
Invoice - We can invoice organisations or take Credit Cards or PayPal.

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