Valuing Recovery Oriented Practice: From Beliefs to Practice

The Mental Health Commission of Canada have partnered with Alberta Health Services to hold a FREE one day event to formerly introduce recovery oriented practice to service providers and policy makers in Alberta. This day will take place on May 30, 2018 through telehealth with Calgary being the host site. Fourteen sites have been booked across the province.

* Note each site must have a minimum of 5 people in attendance due to interactive workshop activities. Sites may be cancelled if the minimum number is not reached.

Target Audience

Leaders and champions in addictions, mental health, and social and community supports including employment, housing, education and recreation



What is Recovery Oriented Practice?

Recovery oriented practice is an approach to providing care to patients and clients in Addiction and Mental Health Populations.  Recovery approaches stand on two pillars. First, they recognize that each person is a unique individual with the right to determine his or her own path towards mental health and well-being. Second, they also understand that we all live our lives in complex societies where many intersecting factors (biological, psychological, social, economic, cultural and spiritual) have an impact on mental health and well-be­ing. The  guidelines for recovery oriented practice developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) encompass both dimensions, and in so doing address everyone with direct experience of mental health problems and those who support them, as well as the many communities – in all their diversity – in which people live, work and play.

Psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) promotes resilience, personal recovery, full community integration, and a sense of purpose and meaning for those who have been diagnosed with any mental health condition and/or addiction issue. The Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Canada (PSR Canada) have developed core competencies of practice that Canadian Recovery-Oriented Psychosocial Rehabilitation practitioners need to acquire when working in a  Recovery oriented practice in Canada. This approach aligns and even intersects with Patient and Family Centered care as well as Trauma Informed Care.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this symposium participants will be able to:

  • Describe guidelines of recovery-oriented practice.
  • Demonstrate application of guidelines and competencies of recovery oriented practice.
  • Implement guidelines and competencies of recovery-oriented practice with patients/clients.
  • Collaborate with patients/clients to build care plans that will assist in recovery.
  • Advocate for policies and practices that ensure recovery is the focus of care.

Background Documents


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 5.75 hours (credits are automatically calculated).