Hope for Recovery ~ Recovery of Hope: A Look at the Role of the Brain and Coping Behaviors in Schizophrenia

YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN PART 1 BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN PART 2. TO ATTEND PART 3 YOU MUST HAVE ATTENDED PARTS 1 & 2.   TO ATTEND PART 4 YOU MUST HAVE ATTENDED PARTS 1, 2, AND 3.

Part 1: Delineates functions of specific parts of the brain and the resulting cognitive, behavioral, and functional changes that occur when these parts are impaired.  Strategies for understanding, preventing, and responding to behaviors in ways that address the individual and cognition in specific situations will be introduced.  The paradigm shift toward psychological and relational concepts in psychosis work will also be introduced, along with innovative trends in interventions for psychosis.  
 
Part 2: Explores intervention strategies related to cognitive functions underlying a behavior, increasing the chances of success in reducing distressing behaviors and improving quality of life regardless of the disorder or severity of the disorder.  Three acceptance-and-recovery oriented approaches to helping with psychosis will also be explored in depth:  CBT for psychosis, Hearing Voices Network self-help groups, and Finnish Open Dialogue family therapy.
 
Part 3: This seminar will focus on assessment and understanding coping behaviors.  Concepts from Parts 1 & 2 will be briefly reviewed (including cognition, brain function, and alternatives to mainstream concepts about “serious mental illness”).  Additional information about brain function and structure, resulting behaviors, behavioral expectations and resources for potential adaptations staff/helpers might consider to assist in optimal functioning will be discussed.  Skills for building relationships with people who have lived experience of psychosis will be practiced, including the “Maastricht Interviews” for exploring voices and unusual ideas and use of the life story in place of diagnosis.  
 
Part 4:  This seminar will focus on assisting people toward recovery.  Interventions based on assessment of cognition, (eg visuospatial, perception, and comprehension) will be identified and developed.  Healing through relationship will be explored.  Inviting people who have experienced extreme states into dialogue, understanding the language of 'symptoms', enhancing emotional safety and reducing risk will be discussed.