N.A. PORTER & ASSOCIATES also provides psychosocial rehabilitation services. Also known as psychiatric rehabilitation by providers, it is the process of restoring community functioning and well-being of an individual diagnosed with a mental health issue or emotional disorder, who may or may not have become involved in the criminal justice system.
Society affects the psychology of an individual by setting a number of rules, expectations and legislation. Psychiatric rehabilitation work is undertaken by our rehabilitation consultant who is licensed and actively works in the mental health field. Our consultant seeks to effect changes in a person’s environment and in a person’s ability to deal with his/her environment, so as to facilitate improvement in symptoms or personal distress and life outcomes. Our expert often works to develop a psychosocial rehabilitation plan for individuals, combining pharmacologic treatment, independent living and social skills training, psychological support to clients and their families, housing, vocational rehabilitation and employment, social support and network enhancement, and access to leisure activities.
The key role of our expert is to generate insight about the illness with the help of demonstration of symptoms and prognosis to the patients. There is often a focus on challenging stigma and prejudice to enable social inclusion, on working collaboratively in order to empower clients, and sometimes on a goal of full recovery. Our experts use the recovery approach model, viewing recovering as a process rather than an outcome. We teach individuals that it is about learning to live with the debilitations of the illness rather than being defined by it.