Pathways to Recovery Workshop

About Pathways to Recovery:

  • Pathways to Recovery is a tool to help people move forward in mental health recovery

  • It is an extensive self-help approach

  • This is a free 12 week program. We meet once a week for 2.5 hours

  • The course and training materials are free. Snacks, coffee, tea are provided

  • The Pathways to Recovery workbook orients people to recovery, helps them to identify their personal strengths and dreams, and refocus on reclaiming positive sources of identity and a life beyond being a person with a psychiatric disability or a full-time consumer of mental health services

  • It helps people think about and plan how to improve their quality of life and to live a full life, despite their history or challenges

  • We also offer Pathways to Recovery in French


What Others Have Said about Pathways:

  • "I seemed to find a great sense of peace within myself from this book. I found out that you can do almost anything if you practice recovery. I’m just beginning to find my own way but I’ve learned so many new paths."

  • "Before I heard of Pathways, my mental illness defined me. When I started the workbook, I realized my recovery defined me. By the time I finished it, I realized I could define my own life."

About the Authors:

  • Priscilla Ridgway: "After working over 30 years in the mental health field, I'm suddenly much more optimistic! I've been working in direct practice, disability rights, supported housing, policy analysis & best practice research-specifically to understand resilience & advance consumer voice. My own experiences as an accidental mystic, a person with a traumatic brain injury and someone who has struggled with depression & PTSD have given me a greater depth of awareness. I am in love with the power of resilience & creativity that allow us to heal & be transformed."

  • Diane McDiarmid: "At the University of Kansas, I served as Director of the Strengths Recovery, Supported Education & Consumer as Provider projects. I've taught the Strengths Perspective across the U.S. & internationally and served as an adjunct professor, developing course curricula and teaching social work classes in the School of Social Welfare. With many years of experience in direct clinical practice, policy & administration, I've witnessed the positive impact on people's lives from implementing a strengths-based perspective." 

  • Lori Davidson:  "I've worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, learning from each story that has been shared with me. Over this time, I have come to realize that the line between us is very thin, if not non-existant. I draw on my own journey with depression as a major factor in supporting individuals to take risks on their own recovery journey."


More Facts about Pathways to Recovery?

  • The Strengths Model has proven successful in reducing psychiatric hospitalization, allowing people to set and achieve person goals and, in turn, improve one's quality of life.

  • Pathways to Recovery puts the process of setting goals and creating personal recovery plans into a self-guided format

  • The workbook doesn't concentrate on psychiatric symptoms, treatments or disorders. Instead, the book guides readers through a process of exploring their own recovery journey while creating a long-range vision for their lives

  • The workbook format guides individuals to explore their current lives and set goals across ten life domains that include creating a home, learning, working, nurturing a social circle, intimacy and sexuality, wellness, leisure and spirituality

  •  In 2003, Pathways was listed as one of the top three national recovery education tools by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and it received the Lilly Reintegration Award in 2009

  • It has also been widely used by the U.S. Veteran's Administration, several state Departments of Mental Health and a wide variety of consumer-run organizations


To Register for Pathways to Recovery:

  • The course and training materials are free

  • Pathways groups offer a self-directed way of transforming experiences to achieve recovery

  • This 12 week program provides a supportive culture for people to explore their own recovery in a self-directed and self-controlled way, but done in a group so that the experience can involve mutual support and building relationships that support and sustain recovery. We meet once a week for 2.5 hours

  • We offer ongoing Pathways to Recovery Workshops throughout the year

  • To register for Pathways to Recovery click here ...


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