Research into Recovery and Wellbeing

A website about the work of the recovery research team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN)

King’ College London

Refocus on Recovery 2014

The Refocus on Recovery 2014 international conference takes place on 2 and 3 June 2014 at New Hunt's House at Guy's Hospital, London Bridge, London, UK. Click here for directions 

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Leaders in the field of recovery will present state-of-the-art research.

The conference has four themes:

1 System transformation
• What approaches and specific interventions are used with mental health systems to support recovery?
• What new technologies are emerging?
• How can both front-line interventions and within-system culture be transformed?

2 Relationships that support recovery
• How can the recovery resources of existing and new relationships be better harnessed?
• Does a recovery orientation change the construction of 'professionalism'?
• What are the active ingredients of peer relationships?
• How do family and friends understand 'recovery' and how do they support it?
• Can inclusive communities be created?
• How can the search for spiritual meaning be supported by others?
• Do coaching and co-production have a contribution?

3 Recovery in crisis
• What do people need in crisis?
• How can crisis-orientated services promote hope and post-traumatic growth?
• Do we need new service models, such as recovery houses?
• On close examination, what problems emerge within the recovery movement?
(Critical perspectives are also encouraged within this theme, such as threats posed by recovery rhetoric – eg will this be a cover for service cuts? – and concerns that recovery means employment.)

4 Keeping well in daily life
• How can individuals live a life beyond illness?
• How to support well-being when having ongoing mental health problems?
• What well-being research does or does not apply to people experiencing mental health problems?
• What does recovery have to offer for citizenship, empowerment and emancipatory and identity politics?
• Can lived experience be used to address stigma, and is there a role for mental health workers to be social activists?

page updated 23 May 2014