Mental Illness Management And Recovery

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Introduction Over the course of the past several years, mental illness has significantly increased worldwide. With deinstitutionalization and psychotropic medications, the treatment options of individuals with mental illnesses have shifted from acute care settings to community settings (Suresky, Zauszniewski, & Bekhet, 2014). Noteworthy, considerable focus of mental illness often surrounds the individual and not others that are directly impacted such as family members and caregivers. This paper discusses the readings of Sands and Gellis (2012) and Roe et al. (2007). Specifically, related to illness management and recovery (IMR) an evidence-based intervention that social workers and others utilize to help individuals and families improve their lives when a family member has a severe mental illness. In addition, this paper discusses two ways that these readings can be applied to social work practice, and personal and skill-level that social workers face when implementing these methods. Application of Social Work Practice The purpose of the Roe et al. (2007) article was to explain and discuss comprehensive difficulties and cultural influences related to group format implementation of one of the evidence-based intervention, IMR, within Israeli and the United States, specifically, North Carolina. Illness management and recovery (IMR), assists the individual with their ability to understand his or her mental illness and make comprehensive decisions surrounding their mental illness (Sands & Gellis, 2012). Moreover, it involves providing skills that include management of symptoms, relapse prevention, effective use of medication, coping with stress, and connecting with others. In the vignette that discussed the case history of participant... ... middle of paper ... ... health provided within the agency. Conclusion This assignment was significantly thought-provoking, and I now have knowledge surrounding evidence-based interventions surrounding individuals with severe mental illness, groups, and their families. In addition, I plan to discuss implementing family psychoeducation with my field supervisor into my field placement, learning plan next semester. During class sessions within the Master of Social Work Program at Fayetteville State University, professors frequently made the statement, “ A true social worker is only as good as their resources.” I now know the true meaning of this statement, and intend to continue to be a life-long learner, because within the social work profession there are many practices and resources that can be utilized to assist clients and their families, allotting them the capability to become resilient.
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