Traditionally, mental health treatment has been based on a “Medical Model” of treatment – mental illnesses are diagnosed and symptoms are reduced with the appropriate medications and psychotherapy. The concept of “Functional recovery” is relatively new and the therapeutic goal is to help clients not only achieve symptom reduction but importantly, achieve an overall sense of improved quality of life. This presentation will address and offer resources for such issues as social anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of healthy risk taking, fear of failure, fear of change, secondary gain from over-identification with a mental illness, misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses.
- Attendees will learn what the most common barriers to functional recovery are.
- Attendees will get an understanding of how to help clients overcome some of the most common barriers to functional recovery.
- Strategies for encouraging clients to move from simply surviving in recovery to thriving in functional recovery.