The Recovery Philosophy
"Recovery is described as a deeply personal, unique process of changing one's attitudes, values, feelings, and goals, skills, or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with the limitations caused by mental illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one's life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness." (William Anthony, PhD, 1993).
The recovery programming of the CooperRiis Healing Community is highly influenced by the "Enhanced Recovery Model" that was created by our CooperRiis Institute Director, Sharon Young, PhD and embraces the "Seven Domains of Recovery". It consists of multiple components including individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family support and education, wellness counseling, psycho-education, and ongoing psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring.
All staff members are trained in the recovery process methods and facilitate each resident's recovery.
The Seven Domains of Recovery are:
- Social/Community Connectedness
- Emotional and Psychological Health
- Physical Wellness • Spirituality
Between January and June of 2006, Dr. Bob Swoap and his family lived at CooperRiis while Bob conducted a research study examining processes of recovery in serious mental illness. Bob is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Warren Wilson College in Asheville
He is also a clinical psychologist and has conducted several training sessions for the staff of CooperRiis.
Bob conducted over 30 in-depth interviews and found these common themes:
- Residents value the safety and inclusion they feel living within the CooperRiis Community, which is also home to many of its staff.
- Another common theme is that "CooperRiis gets you up, moving and not isolated. I felt needed right away."
- Residents "regain hope from hopelessness" and feel "incredibly accepted."