ISPS-US - "Supporting the Transition from Passivity to Agency in Recovery”
Friday, September 25, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
In their presentation for this online meeting, Lewis Mehl-Madrona MD and Barbara Mainguy MA plan to "explore the interface and the movement between at least two different worlds in which people diagnosed with psychosis interact. First and dominant is the biomedical world in which the solution to virtually all of life's woes is to take a pill and not to make personal, relational, or lifestyle changes. Important to recognize, we believe, is that these beliefs are as prominent for medical illnesses as they are for the so-called psychiatric illnesses. Then comes the Recovery Community in which people work from passivity (the biomedical model) toward agency in which they can actively contribute and create their recovery.
"We want to suggest that most psychiatrists are so saturated in the passivity model that they do not recognize when patients present from the agency model. We suggest that the two models are more widespread than mental health and represent fundamental differences in approaching health and disease. We review some of our results in working within both worlds. Specifically, the people with whom we work within a Recovery model improve and those within the passive, biomedical model, do not."
Lewis and Barbara will be discussing what they have found may assist people in making this shift from passivity toward agency, especially telling stories of characters with agency to indirectly implant ideas of the possibility of agency. With patience, and with the practice of "radical acceptance," they have found that this can be very effective!
ISPS online meetings are free to ISPS members, with a donation of $5-$20 requested from others, though no one turned away for lack of funds. Please do register if you want to attend!
(One recent article by Lewis Mehl-Madrona is Working to Recover, or Adjusting to Illness?)
The Education Committee of ISPS-US
The Education Committee of ISPS aims to make education about such approaches widely available.
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