Empowerment Through Treatment Planning

Donald M. Linhorst

in Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171877
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865338 | DOI:
 Empowerment Through Treatment Planning

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This chapter applies the nine conditions for empowerment introduced in Chapter 4 to treatment planning, defined as the process by which the needs, strengths, and problems of people with severe mental illness are assessed; treatment goals are established, and treatment and rehabilitation activities are identified to facilitate goal achievement. Meaningful participation in treatment planning is empowering because it gives people control over, or at least a significant voice in a process that can help them to identify, prioritize, and reach some of their life goals, and it can help them secure needed resources. Participation in treatment planning can be particularly empowering for individuals coerced into treatment, because it gives them back some control and can provide a roadmap for ending coercion. Case studies from a state psychiatric hospital and a community mental health illustrate the application of conditions. The chapter concludes with sixteen guidelines to promote empowerment through treatment planning.

Keywords: strengths; problems; assessment; treatment; rehabilitation; goals; coercion

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