Psychological Recovery - Beyond Mental Illness
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This book offers a succinct model of recovery from serious mental illness, synthesizing stories of lived experience to provide a framework for clinical work and research in the field of recovery.
• Places the process of recovery within the context of normal human growth and development
• Compares and contrasts concepts of recovery from mental illness with the literature on grief, loss and trauma
• Situates recovery within the growing field of positive psychology – focusing on the active, hopeful process
• Describes a consumer-oriented, stage-based model of psychological recovery which is unique in its focus on intrapersonal processes


Retta Andresen is a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research into the process of recovery and its measurement has received national and international recognition and interest.

Lindsay Oades is a Clinical and Health Psychologist and Director of the Australian Institute of Business Wellbeing at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has been awarded numerous national awards for his mental health research.

Peter Caputi is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Constructivist Psychology and a consulting editor for The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied.


Foreword by Jon Strang.


Part I – Recovery in Historical Context.

Chapter 1 Introduction: Recovery from schizophrenia.

Chapter 2 Conceptualising recovery: A consumer-oriented approach.

Part II – Elaboration of the model: from Hopelessness to Flourishing.

Chapter 3 Moratorium - The first stage of psychological recovery.

Chapter 4 Awareness – The second stage of psychological recovery .

Chapter 5 Preparation - The third stage of psychological recovery.

Chapter 6 Rebuilding - The fourth stage of recovery.

Chapter 7 Growth – the fifth stage of psychological recovery.

Chapter 8 Common questions regarding the stage model of psychological Recovery.

Part III – Measuring recovery.

Chapter 9 Recovery-oriented outcome measurement.

Part IV– Towards a positive future.

Chapter 10 Psychological Recovery and Positive Psychology.

Chapter 11 Reflections and future directions.




"This is an exciting and important book that is sure to stimulate dialogue and debate within the rapidly growing international recovery movement." (, 5 December 2011)