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Empowerment Through Service Provision

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171877.003.0011
 Empowerment Through Service Provision

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This chapter applies the nine conditions for empowerment introduced in Chapter 4 to service provision. Service provision can be empowering, in part, because it provides an opportunity to for people with mental illness to help themselves and others, which can alter their definition of disability. Options for service provision include participating in mutual support groups, participating in consumer-run programs, and working in a regular staff position in a traditional mental health agency. Some people with mental illness will need training, supervision, and support to be successful consumer-providers, as will some of the staff members that work with them. Case studies from a state psychiatric hospital and a community mental health illustrate the application of conditions. The chapter concludes with thirteen guidelines to promote empowerment through service provision.

Keywords: disability; support groups; consumer-run programs; consumer-providers

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