PSR Model


Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Canada defines psychosocial rehabilitation as the promotion of personal recovery, successful community integration and improved quality of life for individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness that seriously impairs functioning.

Psychosocial rehabilitation services and supports are collaborative, client directed, and individualized, and an essential element of the human services spectrum and should be evidence-based. The focus is on helping individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful and satisfied in the living, working, learning and social environments of their choice and includes a variety of services and supports.

The Psychosocial Rehabilitation model is an approach based on:

  • Recovery
  • Community re-integration
  • Better quality of life

How can PSR (Psychosocial Rehabilitation) help?

  • Focuses on your strengths
  • Helps you set and achieve your goals
  • Helps you to develop and learn new skills
  • Improves your quality of life
  • Is based on the belief that you can be more independent
  • Promotes recovery and hope

What are the core principles and values of PSR?

  1. Recovery is the ultimate goal. Interventions must facilitate the process of recovery. Practices are person-centered; they are designed to address the unique needs of individuals, consistent with their values, hopes and aspirations. It also promotes health and wellness, encouraging individuals to develop and use individualized wellness plans.
  2. Helps and encourages people to re-establish roles in the community and reintegration into community life such as training programs, education and employment.
  3. Facilitates the development of personal support networks by using natural supports within communities, family members as defined by the individual, peer support initiatives, and self and mutual-help groups.
  4. Help support individuals in the promotion of an enhanced quality of life.
  5. All people have the capacity to learn and grow.
  6. All people will be treated with respect and dignity.
  7. Culture and/or ethnicity can play an important role in recovery. They can be sources of strength and enrichment for the person.
  8. Promotes self-determination and empowerment. All individuals have the right to make their own decisions, including decisions about the types of services and supports they receive.
  9. Interventions build on the strengths and capabilities of each person.
  10. The involvement and partnership of the individual is essential to be successful in the process.

Source: PSR Canada
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