Focus on the individual

In this video Peter is training a group of care workers in Sheffield (April 2013).  He talks about how to focus on the individual in order to understand life experience as a basis for starting recovery.

In relation to recovery for a voice hearer I have said ‘don’t shoot the messenger’ your voices have something important to say.  So the messages are important.  By drugging that away you are taking a bit of the person away.  If we don’t look at a person’s journey into services we are saying ‘ok you may have been traumatized, perhaps as a child, but that has no bearing on what is happening to you now’ and that I am afraid is colluding with abusers.

I tried the bio-genetic model and it didn’t tell me anything about the content of the voices.  The fact that I was hearing the voice of my abuser.  I didn’t work it out myself.  I was fortunate that I met people like Terry McClauglin who was a very radical sort of psychologist, Marius Rome and Sandra Escher who started the hearing voices movement.  I have been quite blessed to have been in some really esteemed company in that respect, and their work is out there but its not presented in medical schools.  I think we must look beyond the bio-genetic model we must look at the individual and their life experiences.  Recovery starts from there.

 

What is recovery?
Focus on the individual