How people heal
ur clinical and research team considers itself to be just scratching the surface in learning how people overcome a mental health struggle. Therefore, our understanding of a healing process continues to change. At this time, based on our research findings and our experiences in working with people, this is our understanding of what is important for successful change to occur:
READINESS TO CHANGE: A person needs to be ready to begin a process of gaining awareness of their psychological functions and support and to begin exercises and treatments toward positive changes (see readiness to change appraisal) .
THE RIGHT PACE: Changes to our brains psychological functions occur at a slow, but consistent pace. If we try to rush the process or create unrealistic expectation the process can be thwarted and the client can lose confidence. Each person recovers at a different pace and this needs to be determined. Our 2-2-1&4 was designed based on our experiences with the pace that most folks we have worked with. This involves two weeks at the Alive Health Centre, two weeks of after care back home, one more week at Alive and then 2-4 months of after-care when they return back home.
ENGAGING RELATIONSHIPS: Because most mental health struggles have their origin in a relationship fracture, healing often occurs through the interdynamics of a healthy, engaging relationship with a person (often a trained healthcare professional), who is capable of building a high-trust quotient and able to model what a healthy psychology looks like.
A COMPREHENSIVE KICK START is for foundational training where an individual can create a heightened awareness of their psychological functions and learn the skills to optimize thoughts, emotions, and desires. This requires a two-week stay at the Alive for Wellness Centre for two weeks, two weeks back home and one week back at Alive, followed by another 2-4 months of aftercare.
AFTERCARE PROGRAM reinforces the new behaviors learned in the foundational training at Alive. When the client returns home and to their day-to-day life, support is administered over telephone, Skype, text messaging, and an interactive smart phone/PC app. The key objective is to allow our clients to maintain their relationships with their mentor, therapist, and co-participants that were formed during the stay at the Alive Retreat Centre.
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Mental Health Recovery works to restore an individual’s mental well-being over two weeks at the Alive Retreat Centre in beautiful Kelowna, BC. During this period, clients with their clinical and mentoring team begin to focus on what type of goals they want to achieve. Together with their mentor and therapist team, they begin working towards gaining awareness of their psychological functions and begin learning new skills towards managing these functions through self-care and regulation techniques. From the beginning, the Alive team works to help the client gain positive emotion and restored hope. This is accomplished by the Alive team learning each client’s unique needs and personalizing the core program. Upon completion of the in-house segment, the client returns home and begins their two-week aftercare program once home, then back to Alive for one week and then another 2-4 month of aftercare.