Bringing Purpose to a Client’s Life
Submitted by Samantha Wong (300119666)
April 23, 2010
Bringing Purpose to a Client’s Life
It is normal for mentally ill patients as well as their families to find it overwhelming and scary when considering the prospect of recovery from such a life-changing illness. Certain Clients may or may not know what to expect in an environment that is filled with many unknowns. It is important for us to understand that recovery from mental illness is a journey and not a destination. We, as Mental Health Workers, are there to support our Clients to establish new goals & hopes during their recovery phase. We understand that our ...view middle of the document...
The main goals of PSR are to provide support to our Clients in three main areas: Recovery, Community Integration & Quality of Life Improvement. Successful practice of PSR will instil Self-determination, Dignity, Optimism, Capacity to learn and Cultural Sensitivity in each of our Client’s life.
In order to deliver the true values of PSR we must reframe from being judgmental. This will help our Clients to learn to handle with their illnesses at their own pace & own will and it will teach them to become autonomous or having self-determination as they recover. Patience, optimism, empathy, assertiveness, and calmness are vital attributes to us Mental Health Workers when we are helping our Clients who are incapable of dealing with their own issues with their disability. PSR is all about caring for the Clients and not for ourselves. Being a Mental Health Worker, we must set aside our own opinions and our personal intuitions so that we will not hinder or control our Clients. Most Clients, if not all, simply want us to feel what they are feeling at that moment and understand what they are going through. We must respect our client’s choice of goal regardless how outrageous it may seem as we can only instil Dignity back in our Client’s life if we truly understand that “People are in no way lessened as human beings by their illness” (Barrett, p.117). Once a goal is set by our Client, we will define small stepping stones in order to support our Client to attain such goal. We will encourage our Clients to not be afraid to try again if they stumble upon failure as we will show them that failing is part of learning. It is through trial & error that small steps are made and goals are eventually attained. In this process, our Client’s will rediscover their Capacity to Learn and to regain Optimism in their life again. Quality of Life for our Client will improve as a result as our Clients will see that there can still be goals and hopes in their lives. As sufferers of severe metal illness knows no ethnic & cultural boundaries, it is also important for us to reintroduce Cultural Sensitivity to Clients through this learning process as Community Integration is one of the main goal of PSR.
There are a total of thirteen Guiding principles in PSR to ensure the overall effectiveness of PSR practitioners. They are “rules that can be applied to specific situations in order to achieve the goals and reflect the values of the Field” (Barrett, P.119). I will use one of the thirteen principles “Partnership between Service Provider and Services Recipient” to illustrate how it relates to the Goals & Values of PSR. The basic principle in building a good partnership with our Clients is all about having mutual respect and trust. As a Mental Health Worker, we must recognize that our Clients may take a while to build up a strong partnership with us. We must have good tolerance, remain composed, and most importantly be open to our Clients’ needs and...