Համաշխարհային հոգեբուժական ասոցիացիան ՌԵՔԱՎԵՐԻ ՔՈԼԵՋԻ վերաբերյալ
THE FIRST STEPS OF RECOVERY COLLEGE IN ARMENIA
On October 1st, 2015 Armenian Psychiatric Association and Centre for Psychosocial Regulation came up with new initiative- the opening of the first RECOVERY COLLEGE in Armenia and in region. This kind of Social Enterprise Model is working in developed countries that are passing the deinstitualization process, such as England. Armenia had a unique advantage to skip all mental health reforms that European countries passed through and to apply best practices and models available, such as RECOVERY COLLEGE at once.
The prototype of Armenian RECOVERY COLLEGE is the similar model working in Nottingham, but our COLLEGE is not a simple “copy paste” of the mentioned model- it has some peculiarities. For example, the course program is designed not only for people with mental health disorders or their relatives, and all who are interested in mental health in general but also for mental health professional as a course of continues education. RECOVERY COLLEGE is not only a model of training provision but also is a type of psychological support provision which gives an opportunity to get psychological knowledge and practical skills for mental health problem management through understanding the “Self”, discovering personal resources, becoming and expert of their own problem, redefining the meaning of life.
The training is provided by mental health professionals and peer consultants or peer educators, who had an experience of recovery after serious mental health problem.
The RECOVERY COLLEGE is a natural environment for vulnerable people to be socially integrated, because both students and trainers can have similar problems and are involved in COLLEGE regardless of their health or social status. The participants are not identified with the social role of the client or patient but they identify themselves as a student, which protects them from stigmatization and self-stigmatization.
The RECOVERY COLLEGE training courses aroused a great interest among mental health professionals and service users. The RECOVERY COLLEGE will have first graduates on December 24, this year.
We wish good luck for the first activities of the RECOVERY COLLEGE.
On the photo from the left:
Mane Shushanyan, volunteer, Armen Soghoyan, Scientific Director of CPSR, Lusine Babayan, Psychologist, Narine Holikyan, Tiflo –Instructor, Lilit Baghdasaryan - Manger of Recovery College, Gohar Mnatsakanyan, Psychologist, Nune Petrsyan- Speech Therapists, Svetlana Muradyan- Sign Language Pedagogues, Karen Manvelyan-Peer Consultant, Meline Varagyan- volunteer
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