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Preparing for Recovery from Psychosis: A Family Approach

Five Day Residential Course - Sunday 16 Sept - Friday 21 Sept, 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

DATESSunday 16th September to Friday 21st September 2018

FACILITATORS: Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor

£650 per person (Single Occupancy)
£400 per person (Twin Occupancy)


Costs include accommodation:
  • Up to 6 nights
  • All meals from Sunday 16th September Lunch to Friday 21st September Breakfast
  • All course materials
  • Certificate of Completion


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

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 8 years.  This Preparing for Recovery from Psychosis: A Family Approach course is one of the results of this learning.  

The course is both experiential and taught.  It will begin on Sunday lunch over a light dinner to get to know each other and start formally on Monday the 17th September at 09:30am and finishing Friday 21st September after Breakfast.

DAY ONE - What is Recovery?
Ron and 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 and Ron will focus on the barriers that can often get in the way of a persons' recovery exploring ways they can be overcome.

DAY FOUR - The Importance of Story
Day 4 will both explore the importance of our stories both that the person with the problem 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
This final day provides an opportunity to decide how to go forward with the learning of the week.

During the week particiants will have the opportunity to:
  • Consider the underlying origins of recovery, in order to strip back to the underlying values, to 'Start Again'.
  • Examine the importance of Choice, Owernship, People and Self within the recovery journey.
  • 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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