february, 2019

mon11feb9:30 am4:30 pmRethinking 'empowerment' & 'recovery'Aka Overcoming disempowerment and oppression9:30 am - 4:30 pm AEDT University of Melbourne, Level 7 room #704, 161 Barry Street Event Organized By: Centre for Psychiatric Nursing



Event Details

In modern mental health care concepts of ‘empowerment’ and ‘recovery’ have become buzzwords, littering the pages of policies, reports and service descriptions. Over time these once radical ideas have lost some of their zing and, at worst, become associated with experiences of individualisation, pressure and blame when recovery becomes yet another thing someone can ‘fail’ at. This workshop looks critically at the way empowerment, recovery and similar terms are used within mental health services.

Taking inspiration from civil rights movements, we will explore some of the ways in which services – and the language used – can be disempowering and oppressive for consumers, family members and practitioners who want to support people in their lives. Importantly, we will look at ways we can work together to reclaim our experiences, narrative and lives – creating opportunities for meaningful empowerment and connections.


(Monday) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm AEDT


University of Melbourne

Level 7 room #704, 161 Barry Street


Centre for Psychiatric Nursingcpn-info [at] unimelb.edu.au

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