Friday, October 28, 2011

IPS Speaker Urges Treatment Aimed at 'Full Recovery'

“Recovery is not the absence of symptoms,” said Wilma Townsend, M.S.W., keynote speaker at APA's Institute on Psychiatric Services, in San Francisco yesterday. Townsend is a public health analyst at the Center for Mental Health Services in the Consumer Affairs Office of SAMHSA. She is a recognized national consumer leader in the recovery movement and has written two books in this area—Emerging Best Practices in Mental Health Recovery, Eds. 1 and 2 and Consumers in the Mental Health Workforce: A Handbook for Community Providers. Townsend spoke about her own experience in recovery from mental illness and urged psychiatrists at the meeting to involve patients and their families in a treatment plan aimed at full recovery. For more information about recovery, see Psychiatric News.
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