Recovery and Older People with Mental Health Problems


Recovery is the process of gaining control over one’s life and actively managing a mental illness, while living a satisfying life. This online course will help you understand what recovery means for older people with mental health problems, including dementia, so that you can work with service users and carers to promote recovery. It stresses the importance of helping older people maintain their identity and retain some responsibility for managing their illness, and offers tools and ideas to support this.

The full course takes four to five hours to complete and includes many case examples, video interviews and reflective exercises:

  • What is recovery and recovery-orientated practice? How the recovery movement evolved and how working practices can help or hinder recovery.
  • Recovery and Older People: How the concept of recovery applies to older people with mental health problems or dementia, and implications for practice.
  • Maintaining Identity: How to support older service users to maintain or regain their sense of identity.
  • Enhancing Resilience and Positive Risk Management: Working proactively with older service users to help them retain responsibility for managing their mental illness or dementia.
  • Meaningful Service User and Carer Involvement: The importance of involving service users and carers in the provision and development of older people’s mental health services.

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