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Recovery Camp: assisting consumers toward enhanced self-determination

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Mental health consumers are often socially isolated and may lack the basic leisure competencies which serve as a critical building block for community (re)integration. Therapeutic recreation (TR), as a treatment modality for people with mental illness, is yet to be fully embraced in the Australian health-care setting, despite having a strong historical foundation in North America. A team of academics created a TR experience, termed Recovery Camp, which was designed to collectively engage consumers and future health professionals drawn from a range of discipline areas.

    The 2014 Recovery Camp was staged over a five day period and involved 28 adult consumers living with mental illness. Consumers undertook a diverse range of experiential recreation activities engineered to facilitate individual engagement and to encourage the development of positive therapeutic relationships and teamwork. The camp atmosphere was deliberately community-based and recovery-oriented, valuing the lived experience of mental illness.

    Using a 2 × 3 design involving a camp and comparison group, the study sought to examine the influence of a TR programme on the self-determination of individuals with a mental illness. Those who participated in the Recovery Camp reported an increase in awareness of self and perceived choice post-camp, relative to the comparison group. While this difference remained significant for awareness of self at three-month follow-up, there was no significant difference in perceived choice between the two groups at follow-up. Study findings serve to support the role of recreation within a recovery framework to positively change the health-related behaviour of mental health consumers.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Taylor, E., Perlman, D., Moxham, L., Pegg, S., Patterson, C., Brighton, R., Liersch, S. & Heffernan, T. (2017). Recovery Camp: assisting consumers toward enhanced self-determination. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26 (3), 301-308.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84971426712

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3795

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 301

End Page


  • 308

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Mental health consumers are often socially isolated and may lack the basic leisure competencies which serve as a critical building block for community (re)integration. Therapeutic recreation (TR), as a treatment modality for people with mental illness, is yet to be fully embraced in the Australian health-care setting, despite having a strong historical foundation in North America. A team of academics created a TR experience, termed Recovery Camp, which was designed to collectively engage consumers and future health professionals drawn from a range of discipline areas.

    The 2014 Recovery Camp was staged over a five day period and involved 28 adult consumers living with mental illness. Consumers undertook a diverse range of experiential recreation activities engineered to facilitate individual engagement and to encourage the development of positive therapeutic relationships and teamwork. The camp atmosphere was deliberately community-based and recovery-oriented, valuing the lived experience of mental illness.

    Using a 2 × 3 design involving a camp and comparison group, the study sought to examine the influence of a TR programme on the self-determination of individuals with a mental illness. Those who participated in the Recovery Camp reported an increase in awareness of self and perceived choice post-camp, relative to the comparison group. While this difference remained significant for awareness of self at three-month follow-up, there was no significant difference in perceived choice between the two groups at follow-up. Study findings serve to support the role of recreation within a recovery framework to positively change the health-related behaviour of mental health consumers.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Taylor, E., Perlman, D., Moxham, L., Pegg, S., Patterson, C., Brighton, R., Liersch, S. & Heffernan, T. (2017). Recovery Camp: assisting consumers toward enhanced self-determination. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26 (3), 301-308.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84971426712

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3795

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 301

End Page


  • 308

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia