Fundamentals of Recovery-Oriented Care

Fundamentals of Recovery-Oriented Care

Graduate Certificate
Semester 1 - Core unit

This unit enables the student to explore the recovery approach, which has emerged to help improve outcomes for people who experience mental distress across the lifespan. This unit enables the student to understand and apply the recovery process, within the context of action and promotion of practices that support and facilitate people’s self-directed recovery, regardless of age, to ensure achievement and maintenance of meaningful lives and full citizenship. It requires students to challenge current systems and consider alternatives that support recovery-oriented care in practice.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate application of the concepts and principles of recovery that derive from the lived experience of mental distress.
  • Explore adaptations of recovery-oriented practice that may be required to be responsive to the needs of diverse people.
  • Apply knowledge of, and respect for, Aboriginal people and cultures in practice.
  • Evaluate how people may be impacted by the values, biases and beliefs built into professional training and service systems.
  • Examine the principles of collaborative decision making in regards to treatment choices, including medication and a range of other types of resilience-promoting supports, skills and strengths.
  • Apply the principles of mental health promotion and prevention to community and individual contexts.
  • Demonstrate a recovery-oriented and person-centred approach to developing a plan of care and support which embodies a genuine partnership with a person, their family and support network.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Recovery: An Introduction
Week 2 Evolving Models
Week 3 Mental illness or Mental Distress?
Week 4 Engagement
Week 5 Diversity, Culture and Recovery
Week 6 Person First Assessment
Week 7 Promoting Self-Determination in Care Planning
Week 8 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health
Week 9 Supporting Recovery
Week 10 Mental Health Promotion and Prevention
Week 11 Measuring Progress
Week 12 Working Together
Week 13 Practice and Service Delivery I
Week 14 Practice and Service Delivery II
Week 15 Recovery in Practice