Webinar 60 : Using Tension-Based Practice to Promote Recovery-Orientation in the Inpatient Context

Open to the Public

Date: April 26th, 2019
Time: 10:30-12:00 PST


*Tension-Based Practice is based on this premise: 

"The concept of "tension" encompasses challenges in delivering recovery-oriented services. Tensions refer to moments or situations in which practice that is consistent with recovery ideals is strained or not easily reconciled." (page 4 "Recovery Education Program for Inpatient Mental Health Providers" By: Shu-Ping Chen & Terry Krupa 2018)

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate and prepare the mental health inpatient environment for the delivery of recovery-oriented services
  • Improve knowledge and skills related to the delivery of recovery-oriented services in the inpatient context
  • Interpret real-life dilemmas experienced in inpatient settings from a recovery perspective and apply tension-based practice to manage these dilemmas.

Session Description:

Although most attention has been directed to the development of recovery oriented mental health services in the community, a mental health inpatient hospitalization can also be designed and implemented to be experienced as recovery promoting. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce participants to an evidence-informed approach to delivering and strengthening recovery-oriented practice in inpatient settings. The approach includes an in-patient specific recovery competency framework, assessment of the inpatient context, and a strengths-based approach to transfer recovery knowledge into daily practice and to enable interprofessional problem solving to address dilemmas frequently experienced in practice.

Presenter's Bio:

Shu-Ping Chen, PhD, OT Reg(Alberta), is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta. Dr. Chen’s teaching and research focus on people with mental health issues, including social inclusion for individuals with mental illness and mental health promotion. She is the author of “Recovery Education Program for Inpatient Mental Health Providers” published by Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 2018. With expertise in research related to stigma reduction, recovery, and substance misuse, Dr. Chen’s research addresses people’s activity limitations to engender hope, develop an identity separate from illness, reduce stigma, play meaningful roles, and promote self-determination