Collaborative Recovery Model

The Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM), developed by the University of Wollongong Illawarra Institute for Mental Health, is a way of working which incorporates practices that have been shown to assist people living with an enduring mental illness. Consistent with the values of the recovery movement, the development of the CRM has been influenced by positive psychology, the consumer participation movement, coaching style relationships and evidenced-based practice.

The Collaborative Recovery Model takes an holistic approach, engaging not only with the client but also with their wider support system (family, caregivers and friends, support workers etc.) in order to ensure they are effectively supported on their recovery journey.

The Collaborative Recovery Model has two guiding principles and four components.

Principle 1 – Recovery as an Individual Process

Recovery is a unique and personal journey towards hope, meaning, identity and responsibility for self. The CRM focuses on increasing wellbeing rather than decreasing symptoms and aims to promote the processes of psychological recovery.

Principle 2 – Collaboration and Autonomy Support

The strength of the relationship that exists between an individual living with a mental illness and the people that are supporting him/her has a significant influence on mental health outcomes.

The CRM focuses on the collaborative nature of this relationship, perceiving it as a working alliance which supports the autonomy of the person.

Life Journey Enhancement Tools (LifeJET)

The CRM has evolved to include LifeJET, a staged life planning process which incorporates values and strengths clarification, visioning, goal setting and action planning. LifeJet tools consist of the Camera, Compass and Map.

The Camera will bring into focus your important values and strengths.

The Compass will identify a destination in terms of a life vision and goals and will track progress along valued directions.

The Map is the action plan, the next step in the journey.

within Australia has been utilising the Collaborative Recovery Model since 2006 and is a recipient of four TheMHS Awards for our CRM and Flourish work.

For more information contact within Australia on 1300 737 412

Download a copy of the Collaborative Recovery Model leaflet:

Collaborative Recovery Model

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