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Recovery-Oriented Care in Psychiatry

Recovery from mental health and substance use disorders is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

This set of training materials for psychiatrists is intended to provide a basic understanding of recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders and recovery-oriented care, and to contribute to bringing recovery-oriented practice into the mainstream of professional practice.

Module 1: Introduction to Recovery-Oriented Care

Module 2: Welcoming and Engagement

Module 3: Person-Centered Care

Module 4: Peer Supports in Recovery

Module 5: The Role of Medication in Recovery

Module 6: Health and Wellness Focused Care

Module 7: Living Skills and Natural Supports

Module 8: Culturally Appropriate Care

Module 9: Trauma-Informed Care


This technical assistance resource guide was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Partners for Recovery (PFR) Initiative by Melanie Whitter and Donna J. Hillman of Abt Associates Inc. and Peggie Powers, consultant to Abt Associates Inc. Shannon B. Taitt, M.P.A., served as the Government Project Officer.


The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT).


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