By Bruce L. Black
Proper and thought-provoking, describes a brand new and ingenious method of the wishes of de-institutionalised humans returning to care in the neighborhood. It indicates that there's a not easy yet dynamic contribution to be made by way of all group psychological medical experts in restoring dignity to the lives of these who've tragically been robbed of this type of uncomplicated human want.
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The task of engaging people as producer/participants in comprehending and acting on their contextual environment differs dramatically from working to improve an individual patient’s functioning, even though both may claim to improve the quality of life and self-image of the former patient. One way to view the scope and depth of the difference is to examine the meaning of being a producerparticipant as compared to being a service consumer-attender. The producer-participant, which embodies our design, must come to know the active ingredients which compose her/his social world of immediate influence.
As we have indicated above, we believe the typical services provided, whether from the medical or more recent psychosocial models, reproduce the behavior/ thought patterns (social roles) inculcated in people as part of their hospitalization. , the mental patient), these two approaches attempt to integrate and sustain former patients in an environment characterized by domination, exploitation and manipulation—and to keep them ‘submerged’ in the belief that such an environment is either benign and/ or irrelevant to their human experience.
As we noted in the Introduction, this trend has accelerated in public mental health care. Its pronounced manifestation is reflected in the increase of people whose training is in disciplines and/or professions outside the typical mental health-social service preparatory schools. As a result, incoming policy planners, program developers and managers and decision makers have little specific commitment to the existing particular forms of individual defect explanatory paradigms that comprise the prevailing institutionalized thought structure.
Advocacy and Empowerment: Mental Health Care in the Community by Bruce L. Black