Strengths Based Recovery
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own,”
Mobile Community Support operates from a strengths-based model of recovery. The seven key principles of this way of working recognise that:
People who experience mental unwellness are able to recover, reclaim and transform their lives
A person experiencing mental unwellness can learn strategies that enable them to take control and direction of their life, to reclaim what is important and maintain a well rounded, balanced life of their choosing.
The focus is on individual strengths rather than deficits
We recognise that every person has personal resources that can be used in difficult situations. Strengths include personal qualities (eg, honesty, hard working, friendly), talents or skills (eg, a great memory, good card player, computer whiz), and environmental resources (eg, a safe home environment; and interests and aspirations, like being in a band, loves fishing, enjoys bush walks, wants to holiday in Europe). By focusing on and further developing these strengths, we support people to recognise, work towards and achieve their goals.
The community is an oasis of resources
Everything that’s available in the community is seen as a potential resource. We support people to identify and access the resources they feel will be helpful, in order to further support them to achieve their goals.
The client is the director of the helping process
We work in partnership with people to support them to take steps towards achieving the things that are of importance and priority to them.
The client-support worker relationship is primary and essential
The relationship between the client and the community support person is one of partnership, trust and respect. This relationship also fosters hope and empowerment.
The primary setting for our work together is in the community of your choice
We support people in whatever community they require assistance to live and function in, whether it be the home, neighbourhood, recreation centre or shopping mall.
How We Use The Strengths Model
We implement the Strengths Model by supporting clients to complete a Strengths Assessment - a tool to assist you explore in a holistic, positive way your strengths, resources and aspirations.
The Strengths Assessment is developed at your pace, in a conversational manner, and updated over time as your situation changes and goals are achieved. It ends with you deciding which goal(s) are of current priority to you.
Strengths Assessment & Personal Plan Forms
Our staff will assist in the completion of both of these forms.
Together we use the Strengths Assessment form to identify personal strengths and natural abilities, to help access resources in the community that will assist in the completion of recovery-focused goals.
The strengths assessment will explore the different areas of a person’s life, such as daily living, financial, social and recreational themes. It will help to identify and clarify what is going on right now, what has happened in the past with regards to these different themes, and how to create a vision for the future.
The assessment will also help to identify specific goals. Using these we will draw up a Personal Plan with the person we are supporting.
A Personal Plan helps to break big goals down into small achievable steps. As can be seen in the samples below, a Personal Plan helps to share some responsibilities between the person being supported and the support worker.