Governance in Recovery Focused Services with Rachel Perkins

dr rachel perkinsDATE: 08.05.13

The purpose of this seminar is to bring together CEOs, Senior Executives and Boards of NGOs with an interest in mental health, to explore the organisational challenges involved in creating services that better support the recovery of those whom they serve. The UK experience of the ‘Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change’ program will be a key topic.

Recovery refers to the process of rebuilding your life following devastating and life changing events. Everyone who experiences mental health problems faces this challenge of recovering a meaningful, valued and contributing life. This journey of recovery often involves making sense of, and finding meaning in, what has happened; discovering your own resources, resourcefulness and possibilities; building a new sense of self, meaning and purpose in life; growing within and beyond what has happened to you; and pursuing your dreams and ambitions.

Recovery cannot be an ‘add on’ to existing ways of doing things. The promotion of Recovery requires a fundamental change in culture (values, beliefs and practices) across the whole organisation which can only be achieved with effective leadership from the top.In England, the Department of Health funded a three year national program entitled ‘Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change’ designed to help mental health organisations to achieve the transformations required. This program was based on 10 key ‘organisational challenges’ and a methodology for achieving organisational change was developed.

Aim of the seminar

Drawing on the UK experience of the ‘Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change’, the aim of this seminar is to enable participants to explore the organisational changes required if services are to become more supportive of recovery for the people who use them and the people who are close to them.

Objectives and Outcomes   

Increase participants’ understanding:

  •     of the recovery journey for individuals and those who are close to them, and
  •     the fundamental organisational changes required if services are to promote the Recovery of those whom they serve.
  •     Introduce participants to the work of the UK ‘Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change’ Program:
  •     the 10 key organisational challenges on which it is based,
  •     the methodology used to assist organisations in the  Recovery-focused transformation of services, and
  •     the lessons learned from the program.
  •     Enable participants to consider how they might lead the Recovery-focused transformation of their own services.

Ethos of the seminar

This seminar is comprised of a presentation followed by discussion to enable participants to consider principles and approaches discussed, explore the applicability of these within their own services and address concerns and questions they may have. 

This event is proudly co-sponsored by:

Mental Health Commission WA






Venue - Theatre, Technology Park Function Centre

Date - Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Course Hours - 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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