Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 435–438 | Cite as

Resident Education and Perceptions of Recovery in Serious Mental Illness: Observations and Commentary

  • Peter Buckley
  • Daniel Bahmiller
  • Courtney Amanda Kenna
  • Stewart Shevitz
  • Ike Powell
  • Larry Fricks
Original Article

Abstract

Objective

Recovery is emerging as a guiding influence in mental health service delivery and transformation. As a consequence, the expectations and curricular needs of trainees (as future stakeholders in a transformed, recovery-oriented system) are now of considerable importance.

Method

To this end, residentled focus groups were held at the Medical College of Georgia to obtain perceptions of the Recovery Model. Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) attended and topics covered were the Recovery Model, the CPSS training curriculum and developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) with consumers.

Results

Advantages and disadvantages of the Recovery model were discussed, with residents generally expressing cautious optimism regarding implementation of these principles, yet concern regarding the potential for diminishing confidence and support for traditional professional services. All residents indicated an interest in obtaining more information about the Recovery Model, including how to incorporate WRAPS and the role of CPSS in Recovery. Almost half of the residents selected a recovery-oriented workshop as the best method for further education about these concepts, with less support for other options of didactic handouts and expert lecture.

Conclusions

Future efforts should be directed at implementing recovery curricula into resident education and evaluating the changes in resident knowledge, attitude toward recovery, and plans to implement recovery-oriented principles into their own professional practice.

Keywords

Schizophrenia Severe Mental Illness Academic Psychiatry Resident Education Recovery Model 
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© Academic Psychiatry 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Buckley
    • 1
  • Daniel Bahmiller
    • 1
  • Courtney Amanda Kenna
    • 1
  • Stewart Shevitz
    • 1
  • Ike Powell
    • 2
  • Larry Fricks
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Health BehaviorMedical College of GeorgiaAugustaUSA
  2. 2.Empowerment Partners, LLCBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.The Appalachian Consulting GroupClevelandUSA

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