Our work is recovery-oriented and focuses on combating mental health problems, substance related and emotional disorders and helping vulnerable community members find and maintain safe, secure and affordable housing.
Our services include research and information, sponsored research projects, workshops, anger management, seminars, pamphlets and newsletters. We provide supportive housing, transitional housing, emergency shelter, information on better living skills and communication, social activities, peer support, stress reduction workshops and public education campaigns for the Community.
What is Psychosocial Rehabilitation?
Psychosocial rehabilitation (also termed psychiatric rehabilitation or PSR) promotes personal recovery, successful community integration and satisfactory quality of life for persons who have a mental illness or mental health concern. Psychosocial Rehabilitation services and supports are collaborative, person directed, and individualized, and are an essential element of the human services spectrum. They focus on helping individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful and satisfied in the living, working, learning and social environments of their choice and include a wide continuum of services and supports. (PSR/RPS Canada, 2013).
It involves a step by step process to assist people to discover and recover meaningful roles in their life. The process involves the development of the right skills, resources, knowledge and supports that will enable a person to find satisfaction and success in their new role.
PSR approaches are evidence-based best and promising practices in the key life domains of Employment, Education, Leisure, Wellness and Basic Living Skills as well as Family Involvement and Peer Support and Peer Delivered services. Because of their demonstrated effectiveness and recovery orientation, these approaches should be widely available to people living with long term mental illness and/or substance use problems.
Distinctive and defining features of PSR approaches
- PSR approaches build upon the assessed strengths of persons rather than their deficits and problems. In other words PSR approaches are strengths based–they are based on the assessment of a person’s strengths as the basis for individualized goal setting and recovery. This is a major difference from traditional, illness-based approaches which focus on problems and deficits.
- Psychosocial rehabilitation approaches are collaborative; person directed and individualized. They assist individuals in rediscovering skills and accessing the community resources needed to live successfully and with a self-identified quality of life. Accordingly, PSR approaches involve the client setting goals rather than goals being set by others.
- PSR approaches support people to have a meaningful life focus on the determinants of good mental health, including employment, education, social supports, basic living skills, leisure and wellness.
- PSR approaches generally place persons in their chosen goal settings such as jobs and housing and then train and support them in those settings. Similarly, other training, such as social skills training takes place in the person’s natural environments.
- PSR approaches are supported by scientific evidence as effective. PSR approaches include a number of best practices, which are strongly supported by evidence, such as supported employment and wellness programs, as well as promising practices with emerging evidence, such as peer support programs. PSR approaches promote recovery with full community living and improved quality of life.
Description of PSR service
The PSR service staff apply a recovery-oriented approach to their work. The PSR service encourages people to be self-directed and empowered and to strive for independence. Staff meet with participants frequently, which leads to increased opportunities in providing the support that participants need to take steps towards their goals.
The PSR Service assists persons with psychiatric disabilities to achieve goals such as independent living, employment, education, socialization and effective life management. The program takes a holistic approach and places the person – not the illness – at the centre of the service provided. Effective rehabilitation builds on a person’s strengths and helps the individual plan to manage the negative impact of their psychiatric disability. The rehabilitation process emphasizes the individual’s unique strengths and addresses self-esteem and confidence through the encouragement of goal setting and recovery work. Goals are broken down in manageable steps and plans are established to address issues specific to the individual’s situation.
The PSR model focuses on the functioning of the individual in the normal, day to day environment, and assesses the skills and resources that a person needs to achieve success and satisfaction. The rehabilitation worker meets with the participant to assess readiness for goal work, support choice and decision making, teach skills for increased success, assist the participant to identify and develop coping skills. The participant becomes the expert in managing their disability. Crisis prevention plans are developed and the concept of creating step by step plan towards goals have proven to lead to increased wellness and quality of life.
- Are you over the age of 18?
- Do you live in the city of Thompson?
- Do you have a mental health diagnosis?
- Do you have goals related to housing, education, employment and/or socialization?
Any person interested in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Service would need to be referred by a Community Mental Health Worker from the Northern Regional Health Authority. They would then be contacted by the PSR Intake Worker for an appointment based on the above criteria. After the individual meets with the PSR Intake Worker and it’s been determined that they qualify for services, they’d be assigned to one of our two PSR Specialists who’d meet with the individual at least three times a month.