Research into Recovery and Wellbeing

A website about the work of the recovery research team at the Institute of Psychiatry

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