Core Values
The following Core Principles and Values are meant to further describe key elements of psychiatric rehabilitation practice.
Core Principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  1. Psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners convey hope and respect, and believe that all individuals have the capacity for learning and growth.
  2. Psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners recognize that culture is central to recovery, and strive to ensure that all services are culturally relevant to individuals receiving services.
  3. Psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners engage in the processes of informed and shared decision-making and facilitate partnerships with other persons identified by the individual receiving services.
  4. Psychiatric rehabilitation practices build on the strengths and capabilities of individuals.
  5. Psychiatric rehabilitation practices are person centered; they are designed to address the unique needs of individuals, consistent with their values, hopes and aspirations.
  6. Psychiatric rehabilitation practices support full integration for people in recovery into their communities where they can exercise their rights of citizenship, as well as to accept the responsibilities and explore the opportunities that come with being a member of a community and of a larger society.
  7. Psychiatric rehabilitation practices promote self-determination and empowerment. All individuals have the right to make their own decision, including decisions about the types of services and supports they receive.
  8. Psychiatric rehabilitation practices facilitate the development of personal support networks by utilizing natural supports within communities, peer support initiatives, and self and mutual help groups.
  9. Psychiatric rehabilitation practices strive to help individuals improve the quality of all aspects of their lives; including social, occupational, educational, residential, intellectual, spiritual and financial.
  10. Psychiatric rehabilitation practices promote health and wellness, encouraging individuals to develop and use individualized wellness plans.
  11. Psychiatric rehabilitation services emphasize evidence-based promising, and emerging best practices that produce outcomes congruent with personal recovery. Programs include structured program evaluation and quality improvement mechanisms that actively involve persons receiving services.
  12. Psychiatric rehabilitation services must be readily accessible to all individuals whenever they need them. These services also should be well coordinated and integrated with other psychiatric, medical, and holistic treatments and practices.