Thinking about Psychosis: Understandings that support recovery-oriented practice

This course introduces several contemporary explanatory models of psychosis. These are models that are supportive of meaning-making and personal recovery. Written for novice clinicians but available for all.

How people make sense of and find meaning in their experiences directly influences their recovery journey. For consumers and clinicians alike, embracing alternative understandings enables connection and contributes to positive recovery experiences. This course brings together diverse perspectives and contemporary explanatory frameworks, challenging preconceptions and offering new opportunities for understanding and collaboration.

It seeks to build a new understanding of psychosis for mental health nurses, moving away from psychosis as an un-understandable, biologically determined phenomenon with low expectations for people to recover. Learners move towards understanding psychosis as a meaningful, understandable, and likely experience of personal recovery.

The course has been broken into four modules. These modules are not separate entities, they just provide you with manageable bite - size portions to make it easier for you to get through the content in your own time, in a way that makes sense.

  • Module 1: Introducing Explanatory Frameworks & The Hearing Voices Movement
  • Module 2: Trauma Neurology and Psychosis
  • Module 3: Psychological Understandings
  • Module 4: Dissociachotic & Final Reflections


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Estimated duration: 3 hours

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