Lived Experiences of Recovery among People Living with Psychiatric Disabilities
October 31, 2011
Hosted by Mary Woods
Elizabeth Carpenter-Song will discuss ongoing research examining the lived experiences of recovery for people living with psychiatric disabilities. She is currently working as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and Howard University to explore the meanings and experiences of recovery processes among individuals with severe mental illness in Washington, D.C. She will discuss findings from a qualitative study examining the impact of recovery-oriented, supported independent housing on participants’ subjective sense of recovery. She will also discuss a recently launched ethnographic study examining the lived experiences of parents with severe mental illness (SMI) and their children as a means to identify how experiences and understandings of disability and recovery are influenced by parenting and family life.
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.