The Recovery Model: Congruency within Nursing and Psychology

By Dale Mueller and Tanya Mueller.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The public mental health system in the state of California, USA, is currently undergoing a transformation to a culturally relevant and client-centered treatment model that is based on wellness and recovery. Fundamental to the recovery model is client involvement in treatment, including the provision of services to peers. Coupled with the transformation of the system to the recovery model is a pervasive workforce shortage, whereby traditional caregivers such as social workers and psychiatrists are in short supply. Additional personnel and new roles must be sought to meet current and growing needs for services, training, and expanding system capacity. This paper explores the ways in which nurses and psychologists can participate in client-focused services that are consistent with their professional discipline and supportive of the recovery model.

Keywords: Mental Health, Community Treatment, Recovery Model, Psychology, Nursing

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.133-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 513.257KB).

Dr. Dale Mueller

Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, California State University, USA

Dale is a Registered Nurse and public advocate for access to health services, including mental health treatment, in a culturally meaningful context. She is affiliated with the Mental Health Planning Council (California, USA), a policy oversight body with the Department of Mental Health. She is a tenure-track faculty member at California State University, College of Health and Human Services, a public institution of higher learning. She is also affiliated with Walden University, whose mission includes preparing graduates to effect positive social change. She has served in executive capacites in many community-based organizations for over 30 years. At age 45 she returned to school to earn a doctorate in education (EdD), where her studies included instructional design for distance delivery of courses in health care fields. She has subsequently written and taught many online continuing education and for-credit courses for health care professionals. Dale now works full-time in the area of distance education, as well as political advocacy for the advancement of culturally relevant delivery of health care.

Tanya Mueller

Lecturer, East Los Angeles Community College, lecturer, Azusa Pacific University, doctoral student, Azusa Pacific University, USA

Tanya has been involved in public policy regarding access to services with teens and under-served socioeconomic groups for several years. She is involved with the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act, new legislation that expands mental health services to youth, teens, adults, and older adults in California. Tanya is an instructor of Political Science at East Los Angeles Community College and is currently also a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University in Covina, California.


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