A Practical Guide to Recovery-Oriented Practice


A practical guide to recovery-oriented practice offers a lofty vision of “recovery” and of a “life in the community” for every adult with a serious mental illness promised by the U.S. President’s 2003 New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and shows the reader what is entailed in making this vision a reality. Beginning with the historical context of the recovery movement, the authors move on to suggest fundamental principles for recovery-oriented care, concrete practice guidelines developed in and for the field, and tools to assess the recovery orientation of practices and practitioners. In doing so, this volume represents the first book to go beyond the rhetoric of recovery to its implementation in everyday practice.

(with Larry Davidson, Janis Tondora, Maria O’Connell, and Martha Staeheli Lawless)




This is an inspiring book . . . about a revolution: Why a revolution is needed, how it can be accomplished, and what the world will look like when it’s over . . . Anyone who thinks about, talks about, and endeavors to promote recovery in relation to severe mental illness will find this book valuable. — S. Helm, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

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