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Preparing for Recovery from Psychosis: A Family Approach

Sat 17 Feb - Fri 22 Feb 2019, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

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.


Online  - CLICK HERE
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.
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