In the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Canada, a new model of Mental Health Care developed by two mental health nurses in the UK is being used by Mental Health professionals including Nurses, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists and is showing excellent results in empirical studies. Known as the "Tidal Model", it is an approach to Mental Health recovery which begins in the acute crisis phase of the person's Mental Illness. It is the first research based model of mental health recovery in the world and emphasizes the patient's own wisdom as being the thing leads to the patient's recovery. The expert is the patient while the professionals are the pupils.
Some of the key principles of the Tidal Model are:
* A belief in the virtue of curiosity
* Recognition of the power of resourcefulness, rather than focusing on problems, deficits or weaknesses
* Respect for the person's wishes, rather than being paternalistic
* Acceptance of the paradox of crisis as opportunity
* Acknowledging that all goals must belong to the person
* The virtue of pursuing elegance - the simplest possible means should be sought
The Tidal Model holds:
* that recovery is possible
* that change is inevitable - nothing lasts
* that ultimately, people know what is best for them
* that the person possesses all the resources they need to begin the recovery journey
* that the person is the teacher and the helpers are the pupils
* that the helper needs to be creatively curious, to learn what needs to be done to help the person, now.
More information about the Tidal Model can be found here: http://www.tidal-model.com/
I see nothing in this model which would contradict either the standards of professional psychotherapy nor Orthodox Christianity. Perhaps others see things differently? Comments welcome.