The Importance of Language in Recovery-Oriented Organizations

-By Jenn Cusick

Language Holds Such Power

Words create worlds. The words we choose to use, and the meanings behind them, continually shape our present and future.

When we were kids we chanted the rhyme, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” However as adults we know this is untrue. Words can profoundly hurt and leave scars that can last years. I can imagine that a lot of us might be still nursing scars from hurtful words we have received over our lifetimes.

The topic of language is something on the radar for PSR focussed organizations committed to serving with recovery-oriented practices.

We always have more to learn.

I know for me this topic has been a big priority for a number of years, and I still find myself saying things that are stuck in an old illness-based paradigm. Life shifts fast, and keeping this topic at the forefront is something recovery-oriented agencies should always do. We always have opportunity for growth!

Supporting Others to Shift Language

Before we dig into the topic with some more detail, let’s just talk about offering generosity to those around us who are working on shifting to more recovery-oriented language.

In the past when I have been intentionally working on shifting my language, I have had people kindly, and firmly reflect back to me what I said, and how I can say it differently (in a more recovery based way). I always appreciate the feedback. When offering this shift, people tend to respond better when we are firm, respectful, and clear about why the old language doesn’t work with a more recovery-focused paradigm, and then we brainstorm a more strength-based way to say something.

Most people are quite open to receive this kind of feedback and are receptive to integrating change.

However when we are challenged with shame and blame, most people get defensive and dig their heels in. It is so much harder to make a shift when shame is involved.

* Though it can be frustrating to be the one who is always supporting language shifts with colleagues, we must understand that shifting language can be one of the hardest things to do, because it gets embedding so deeply in our brains. When people feel shamed for saying something incorrectly it can create intense negative feelings for everyone. We can also feel like we are tasked with the unwanted role of a language police officer. However, what we are doing is intentionally shifting towards a more recovery-focussed culture, and language is a powerful way to do that.

The Frequently Unconscious Nature Of Language

For most of us our use of language tends to be somewhat unconscious. Words and terms we use all the time just come out of our mouths without that much thought. (Think of what you might yell when you stub your toe!)

Years ago I worked for a well-established organization that changed their name. It took a very long time before the change began to roll off the tongue.

Shifting language means taking the time to examine our long-held beliefs and biases, while take a mindful approach to our language. Anything like this takes practice, effort, and time to shift.

ACTION: Have grace for yourself and others while making the transition.


Though as practitioners we have no control of whether or not a person we are supporting has a sense of hope for their lives, we can make certain that the environment we are creating in our organization is rooted in hope.

Hope is always the catalyst that propels people forward into a journey towards greater well-being. (See PSR/RPS Canada’s Core Principles and Values.)

Language and Hope are very much interconnected. Yet so often people are faced with language and messages that steal away their hope. In my work training WRAP facilitators I have heard many, many sad stories where people were recipients of hope-stealing language from practitioners who’ve served them.

The tides are definitely positively changing, however people are still told many things that infer a very dire prognosis for their lives. It’s time to change this.

ACTION: We must always ask ourselves if the words we are saying are grounded in HOPE. If not, how can we say it differently?

Awareness of Stigma and Biases

Every human being has a worldview based on our life experiences. Because of this, we also have biases. Within my role as a trainer working with health authorities and organizations, I still see stigma showing up WITHIN the system. It’s sadly not just an issue within society at large.

Our biases show up in the language we use. Terms such as “non-compliant” and “manipulative” reflect that kind of bias.

In recovery-oriented care, we always make choice a priority even if that means the people we are supporting choose something different than what the team wants. The term “non-compliant” suggests that the practitioner holds the reigns of the person’s life, not the person themselves.

We as practitioners must understand the importance of facilitating self-determination, vs the practitioner leading the way.

ACTION: Examine our words for biases before we say them, choose words that are hope and self-determination focussed instead.

Other Things to Consider With Language:

  • Are our words culturally sensitive?

  • Are our words trauma-informed? Is there always choice in what we say and offer the people we support? Are we aware of the pervasiveness of trauma in our system, and do we exercise caution about unconsciously triggering someone?

  • Are our words sensitive to gender issues? For example, do we ask people what pronouns they wish us to use?

  • Are our words loaded with internal jargon? The use of jargon and abbreviations can be one of the quickest ways to make someone feel like an outsider.

  • Are we using language that makes someone we support identify themselves by their illness or a deficit? Saying someone is “schizophrenic” negates all the other great things about them, and focuses their identity solely on their illness.

  • Are we careful when talking about the people we support, when they are not there? Do we speak about them in the same way we would say something if they were present? So many practitioners we work with have their own lived experience, and it is very triggering to hear other practitioners say things about people being served that are not recovery-focussed and rooted in stigma and bias.

In Conclusion

Think back on a time when you were spoken to by someone in a strength-based way, with a message of hope. How did that interaction affect you?

I know that when I have been spoken to in a way that is strength-based and hope-filled it gives me that extra boost to be able to face something challenging.

As practitioners of recovery-oriented organizations we are in a position to be able to support people to move towards the life they want, instead of staying stuck in an illness paradigm.

The words we choose can affect someone profoundly for the better.

When we become aware and intentional of our words, we have a very powerful tool to share hope and a message of recovery!

In the comments below please share some stories or thoughts about language. Is there a word that you find troublesome in our system, and if so what would you like to see it changed to?

Self-Determination & Recovery

by: Jenn Cusick

The following segment is take from a peer support training I wrote for Alberta Health Services & BCSS Victoria.

(Please note that this material is copywrited. Please do not copy or use without author’s permission.)

The Seed of Self-Determination

Spring holds such promise. Such hope. When the first buds appear on the trees, and the tulips begin popping out of the ground, we are assured that winter didn’t ravish nature the way it appeared to our bare eyes–though it really felt derelict in the thick of the cold. Sometimes during a particularly rough winter we can find ourselves questioning whether spring will ever come again. We wonder if we are cursed to be surrounded by dead wilted bushes, bare trees that look like skeletons of their former selves, and mounds of dirty snow piled up everywhere. It feels like the lush green of the oak tree is something that will just have to live on in our memory.  

Yet, under the soil life continues. Microscopically there is a whole world under the dirt, protecting the trees and preparing for spring.  

Then…as always, sometime in the spring the temperature begins to rise. The little buds turn into flowers, and soon big luscious green leaves fill up the branches of trees. Gardens flourish and we gather golden flowers to display on our kitchen tables, we run barefoot in the dewy grass, we pick delicious blueberries for pie, and we pull fresh juicy wobbly carrots from the ground to snack on.

Winter always becomes spring.


Each plant innately responds to the conditions of their environment. Its desire to live, grow, and flourish is powerful. The plant’s purpose and story was embedded right in that tiny seed, and its story began to unfold the day it was planted into the soil.

We look to nature as an allegory for the strength of the human spirit.

Human beings are born with powerful innate strength and a strong desire to flourish. We each have deep-seated potential within us to move towards growth and expansion.

However, like an oak tree, a blueberry bush, or even a houseplant–our environment matters greatly. If we are enveloped in an environment that supports our innate desire to flourish, and that environment creates space for our inner wisdom and true self to show up, then we will actualize our inherent potential. If we are not in a supportive environment, we will stay stuck. We will hibernate until conditions improve. As you know, we humans can remain stuck in the dreariness of winter for a long, long time.  

Self-determination is that innate desire to flourish.
It is embedded within each human being.

*The above is an excerpt from “Foundations of Support–A Peer Perspective”

As practitioners, we are tasked with the role of creating the environment that supports people’s self-determination.

Recently I have heard some comments from family members and clinicians questioning the push of recovery-oriented service systems towards greater self-determination, especially with those who are deemed very ill.

As you likely know, self-determination is #7 in the PSR Canada Core Principles and Values.

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Self-determination should always be integral to the way we serve anyone. It might look different depending on how someone is doing, but it should always be present. It is an essential part of being human.

I thought I would share some information about self-determination theory, and how we can apply this theory towards our work.

The following is also adapted from the Foundations of Support training
(by Jenn Cusick).

Self-Determination Theory

Self-Determination Theory is a motivation theory developed by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan in the 1980s. The theory is well recognized, and well studied. It explains how human motivation works.

They explain that there are two types of motivation:

Extrinsic Motivation: When someone is motivated by something outside of themselves. Extrinsic motivation comes in the form of a reward like a prize, wealth, acknowledgement, good grades, fame, and success. Punishment or discipline can also be extrinsic motivators.

When individuals are strongly extrinsically oriented, they lack a firm foundation for well-being.
— Edward Deci

Intrinsic Motivation: This is internal motivation. Motivation is born out of interests, beliefs and values, pleasure of learning and gaining knowledge, feeling effective, enjoyment, and life satisfaction.

In self-determination theory intrinsic motivation is what we strive for. It’s about self-empowerment and being active and in control of our own lives.


Have you ever said, or heard someone say, “how can I motivate that person?”

The answer is that you cannot ever motivate anyone.

Anything you can do is rooted in extrinsic motivation–basically offering a reward or a punishment, and that doesn’t support self-determination or real deep-seated change.

All intrinsic motivation HAS to come from within, or it just doesn’t stick.

However as practitioners, we are essentially facilitators of self-determination.

We CAN create an environment that supports the growth of intrinsic motivation.

The Self-Determination theory says that humans have three basic needs–Competence, Autonomy, and Relatedness. In other words, we need to have mastery and skills, autonomy, and connection.

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The Environment

As practitioners, we need to be very intentional about the environment we create that supports someone’s self-determination.

Regardless of how “well” we perceive someone to be…we need to ask ourselves these important questions when we are supporting someone else’s self-determination:

  • Does this person have regular opportunities to learn and grow?

  • Does this person have opportunity to gain mastery of a skill or hobby?

  • How much control does this person have around their living space, the food they eat, and even what they wear?

  • Is this person in charge of making their own goals, or are we supporters creating their goals for them?

  • If as staff we are creating their goals, what can we do to shift that and encourage self-determination and growth of intrinsic motivation? How do we create space for exploring desires, interests, and goals so that they can figure out small or big goals for their life? This takes time. It means that as practitioners, we cannot create someone else’s goals, even if we think we know best. We know that having a sense of purpose and meaning making are essential elements of human growth and development.

  • How do we create more opportunity for choice? (Depending on how well someone is doing, choice might be simple things like what activities to participate in, options for snacks, what to wear, or purchase…For someone else these could be big choices like what kind of service they want to receive, what to study & learn, and where to live.

  • Does this person have autonomy over aspects of their life? If not enough, how can we change that as a system.

  • Does this person have a community, friends, or people they can just feel comfortable with?

  • If not, what can we do to create more of that kind of environment? How can we encourage community inclusion and belonging for the people we support?

  • Is everything about this person’s life about the support they are RECEIVING, or do they have opportunity to GIVE as well? We all need to give as well as receive to feel whole.

  • Am I able to detach from the need to see a specific outcome, so that this person can flourish in the path they are meant to go in…rather than me directing their path?

  • Am I able to avoid giving advice, and instead ask powerful questions so that the person can learn to develop their resilience, and trust their inner teacher?

To Sum Up

This is clearly a huge topic, and we can spend days and days talking about the nuances of facilitating self-determination, and creating environments that support intrinsic motivation.

We will continue this topic in another post, and perhaps offer a bit more to our members. We are in the midst of creating a members page.

If you want to learn more about becoming a PSR Canada member, you can learn more here.

We will end with a quote from Parker J. Palmer. He is a teacher and author who writes about wholeness, and creating safe environments that allow the soul to show up. I strongly recommend his book “A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life.”

Much of what Parker J. Palmer talks about is key in creating safety, and supporting other people’s self-determination. When we aren’t intentional about creating a safe environment that encourages choice and intrinsic motivation, we can unconsciously hurt or shut down the people we support.

Supporting self-determination means that we have to soften our approach, and create a sense of safety so that people feel comfortable showing up.

“The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek.”
— Parker J. Palmer

Happy New Year!


Everyone at PSR/RPS Canada is wishing you the very best for 2019!

We have some amazing things in store for this coming year. One of them is an online community of practice for members.

We thought we’d take a minute and share some wishes for you from PSR/RPS Canada board members and contractors.


Vicky Huehn–Kingston, ON (PSR Canada CEO)

I live in Kingston Ontario where I spent over 33 years working for people with a mental illness and/or addiction as the senior leader in a community agency.  After 'retiring' a few years ago, I dedicated most of my volunteer time to PSR RPS Canada as CEO because I believe in the power of hope, respect and dignity for everyone.  I believe that PSR RPS Canada is the leader in Canada for education on how to implement recovery that is truly individually focused and driven.  

My priorities in life include my two daughters, their husbands, my three grandchildren (#4 due in early May) and my dear friends and other family members. There is nothing more important than the trust and love that fills my life because of them! 

I am looking forward to 2019 with enthusiasm as I dealt with cancer and the treatment regimes which accompanied them in 2018.  Here is a picture of me with my oldest daughter after she ran her half-marathon a few weeks ago in Ottawa and I was able to go and cheer her on.  How blessed am I!

Vicky is on the right.

Vicky is on the right.

Susan Boyce–Vancouver , BC (PSR/RPS Vice President and PSR BC Secretary)


My favourite thing to do during the holidays is at 3-4a.m. on Christmas morning, my younger sister will wake me up just has she has done every year since we were tots.  We will sneak into the living room to see what Santa brought. 

Next we will drink tea in the dark and giggle until everyone else in the house wakes up.  Then it’s Mimosa’s and eggs benny with my famous homemade hollandaise.  This is my favourite holiday tradition! 

I am grateful for the health and happiness of my friends and family this past year.  I look forward to working on great new educational projects with PSR/RPS Canada in 2019.  Happy New Year everyone from Vancouver and Ottawa!



Heather Boyce–Okanagan, BC (PSR/RPS Canada Treasurer and PSR BC Board Member)


Life in the Okanagan BC is peaceful and exciting. Time to view the orchards and vineyards; tai chi by the lake and many ski days on mountain slopes; sharing here a picture from the orchard behind my home.

I enjoy making beeswax candles and creating a centrepiece with fresh boughs of juniper, yew, fir and pine collected in my garden. I give these to friends each year as a message of love and peace. Wishing you a peaceful and joyous New Year!



Sue Carr–Barrie, ON (PSR/RPS Canada Registrar)

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There are so many things I am grateful for in the past year. This year has been a year of many transitions and firsts for me personally and professionally.

In particular I am grateful I am able to provide support to individuals in their professional development, gaining their CPRRP, and taking the time to reflect on the competencies at a personal level. We always have more to learn an areas to improve.

On a more personal note, I am grateful for friends and family who have  supported me through work related transitions (outside my role with PSR  Canada). These transition provided increased flexibility to spend more  time with my 2 horses and 3 cats. I appreciate their ability to keep me grounded, and focused.

Happy holidays and all the best for an amazing 2019!


James Price–Dauphin, MB (PSR/RPS Canada Board President)


My favourite holiday tradition is delivering food to those who are alone. It brings me joy and hope to see smiling faces that are validated and filled with happiness. In so many ways,  my participants give so much more to me than I offer to them. We are all just walking each other back home to Our Creator. 

I am grateful that I am loved even in times of feeling unworthy. My hope for PSR Canada for 2019 is that each and everyone feels welcomed; engaged and empowered; and that validation and unconditional positive regard becomes the way of our journey for each and everyone! I start to heal when I am heard. Let the trumpets of PSR sound aloud!


Hazel Meredith–Victoria, BC (PSR/RPS Canada Board Member)


This holiday season, I was enjoying baking with my family.  Children add that special something...Especially “Smarties” on baking :). I’m hoping that this upcoming year will be extra kind to all of you.

And I hope that more people with mental health concerns can gain increased access to quality recovery-oriented services with PSR evidence based practices as championed by PSR/RPS Canada. Will you be achieving the CPRRP designation this year? Check it out on our website. Let’s champion recovery. 


Jean Laforge–Windsor, ON (PSR/RPS Canada Board Member)


My favourite family holiday tradition is serving Christmas Dinner Newfoundland Style which my children and grandchildren love and now help me to prepare as they would like to continue the tradition. Having two grandsons 19 and 22 years old in the kitchen helping because they want to learn how it is done was amazing and the highlight of my Christmas.

I am grateful for the love and good health of my family and friends and holding fond memories of family members and dear friends who passed away this year and recognizing how wonderful it was to be a part of their lives even if their time was cut short.

My wishes for PSR Canada for the upcoming year are that the principles and values of PSR Canada will continue to be developed and used both nationally and provincially in the best interest of all the people we serve.  This would mean many more certifications and education for people working in health and mental health.  It would be great to see more people become interested in this wonderful endeavour.


Ann Marie MacIntire (PSR/RPS Canada Board Member)


It has been exciting for me to meet people from all across Canada and watch the development and uptake of the guiding principles and competencies of PSR Canada over the last year and the work on creating space for PWLE (People With Lived Experience) opportunities for voices to be heard and experience valued as PSR/RPS Canada has been working on with initiatives like Pathway 4. 

It is inspirational to know that more and more people are becoming aware of the CPRRP across Canada, and PSR/RPS Canada is influencing quality in mental health services . 

I hope for PSR Canada is that it continues being part of of the cutting edge advancements with things like more education and online trainings with ease of access.  I wish for more  connections throughout many provinces in Canada that PSR/RPS competencies can be learned about grown and implemented nationwide. Recovery concepts are powerful, and my hope is that more of Canada will jump on board and support the advancements of such evidence based and evidence informed concepts.

Look forward to connecting with others and expanding PSR/RPS Canada in such exciting Recovery work in 2019.


Jenn Cusick–Abbotsford, BC (PSR/RPS Canada Communications)


I’m grateful for many things in 2018. A highlight from the year was adopting a lovely, gentle Siamese kitten, who has now become a full-on family member. I got to visit Manitoba (and sit by the gorgeous lake in this picture) to lead a WRAP facilitator training for PSR Manitoba. I also had the opportunity to give a keynote address for a conference in Sacramento for Mental Health America.

I am very grateful for the work I get to do with PSR Canada. The mission is one that I can fully get behind. I love sharing the message of recovery! This work has personally transformed my life in every way possible!

In 2019 I am excited to support the new community of practice we are developing for PSR Canada.

I believe that we each have so much to contribute to this mission. Connecting through intentional communication is a way to create an intimate community of champions within Canada. I’m excited to see PSR Canada grow. Happy New Year!

PSR/RPS Canada’s other board members also send you their well wishes!

Dorothy Edem (Secretary)–Nova Scotia

Dr. Pierre Beausjour–Quebec

Laurence Caron (Association Quebec Réadaptation Psychosociale), Quebec

Dr. Regina Casey–British Columbia

John Higenbottam–British Columbia

Katherine Stewart–Ontario


Tis The Season for a Little Extra TLC


Sugar cookies with sprinkles, hot chocolate, egg nog, Christmas trees, shopping, family gatherings, parties…this can be the season filled with a little extra sweetness.

However as practitioners, we know that this can be a difficult, painful season for many people to get through. This season can hold an extra dose of loneliness for those who are struggling.

The holidays might be hard for you too. You might be dealing with your own struggles, plus the added to-do list that comes with the holidays, can just put us over the edge of what we feel like we can handle.

There are a few simple practices that we can do for ourselves during the holidays that can support us to reframe our thinkings, and practice mindful awareness.

We have created 8 cards anyone can us who might be struggling with overwhelm or loneliness during this busy season.


Upcoming AGM & Board of Directors Slate

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To PSRRPS Members:
Re: Board of Directors Slate

The PSRRPS Canada Nominating Committee is pleased to present Membership with the following Slate of Nominees for 2018-2020 Directors. 

The PSRRPS Board of Directors have approved the slate and will be officially presented at the 2018 Annual General Meeting at noon on October 30th, 2018 in New Westminster during the PSR British Columbia & PSR Canada Conference.Register for the conference HERE. 

As a member you are welcome to attend the AGM!


NameRegion of RepresentationTerm: 2018-2020

Returning Directors  

John Higenbottam BC 2018-2020

Ann Marie McIntyre MB 2018-2020

Katherine Stewart ON 2018-2020

Jean Laforge ON 2018-2020

New Directors  

Susan Boyce BC 2018-2020

James C (Jim) Price MB 2018-2020

Heather Boyes BC 2018-2020

Other Board of Directors:

  • Hazel Meredith - BC–2017-2019

  • Regina Casey – BC – 2017-2019

  • Pierre Beausejour – QC – 2017-2019

  • Dorothy Edem – NS – 2017-2019

  • Laurence/Rosalie – AQRP rep QC

Respectfully Submitted by the Nomination Committee
2018 Nomination Committee members are: Dorothy Edem and John Higenbottam

Mental Illness Awareness Week October 2018

Mental Illness Awareness Week was celebrated by PSR RPS Canada by participating in Parliament Hill activities. 

As a member of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), PSR RPS Canada representative Vicky Huehn joined her colleagues in visiting senators and members of parliament to provide information on mental health issues and the priorities of the national group.   

These priorities are:

  1. Mental Health Parity (funding for mental health should be on par with physical health)

  2. Increased funding equals increased access

  3. Emphasis on team-based services

For more information on the CAMIMH work, go to CAMIMH website

Vicky had meetings with Senators Dan Christmas and Dave Richards as well as Member of Parliament, Marilyn Gladu from Sarnia-Lambton.   

She also met with two staffers from the office of Francesco Sorbara M.P.  He strongly supports CAMIMH and continues to be a champion for us.

Later in the afternoon of October 2nd, the Speaker of the House Geoff Regan, hosted a reception for all members of parliament and senators as well as members of CAMIMH to acknowledge the importance of the Mental Illness Awareness Week. 

PSR RPS Canada focuses on excellence in training but we know that we need to continue to work with our national partners to advance funding for mental illness and addictions.   

This participation in MIAW events on Parliament Hill is a critical element in the national work to support recovery-oriented practices in mental health and addictions.

Greg Kyllo -  Canadian Mental Health Association   Marilyn Gladu  M.P. Sarnia-Lambton   Vicky Huehn -  PSR RPS Canada   Kim Hollihan -  Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Greg Kyllo - Canadian Mental Health Association

Marilyn Gladu M.P. Sarnia-Lambton

Vicky Huehn - PSR RPS Canada

Kim Hollihan - Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

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Kim Hollihan - Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Senator Dan Christmas

Vicky Huehn - PSR RPS Canada

BCSS Victoria Invites You to the:


Victoria, BC


Friday, October 26, 2018

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, 100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC

A one-day symposium of Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, Mental Health Care Workers, Students, Family Members and People with Lived Experience.

Overall Learning Objectives:

Consider the relationship between substance use and schizophrenia

Define the causes of relapse in schizophrenia

Describe the challenges and enablers in recovery

Plenary Speaker Learning Objectives:  

Dr. Bill Honer: Relapse Prevention in Schizophrenia and Advancements

  • Describe key assessments for schizophrenia and related disorders according to Canadian Practice Guidelines

  • Provide new evidence from a randomized clinical trial on the duration of treatment in first episode psychosis

  • Evaluate the importance of relapse prevention after the first episode of psychosis

Dr. Katherine Aitchison: Cannabis and Psychosis

  • Specify by how much cannabis increases the risk of becoming psychotic

  • Name risk factors for psychosis after cannabis consumption

  • Identify a gene associated with psychosis after cannabis consumption

 Dr. Ian Dawe: Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery: Engaging  

  • Review the evidence that contributes to social isolation of people with schizophrenia, psychosis and related mental health.

  • Describe interventions that show success in countering isolation

  • Identify the barriers and enablers to engagement


Healthcare Professionals $125.00
Family Members $  50.00
Persons with lived experience/Students $  30.00

What Does Person-Centered Really Mean?

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One July 27th, PSR Advanced Practice had the opportunity to have writer and speaker, Todd Leader speak about this topic. He had some great things to say about this topic. 

His main message is that it's "Not about us." It's about the people we serve. So does the way we run our programs and organizations meet the needs of the staff, or the people served? He gave us some great thoughts to reflect and chew on.

Check out the webinar here. 

Consider Joining the PSR/RPS Board of Directors!

The PSR/RPS Canada is issuing a call for applications to the Board of Directors.  

Are you interested in leading and championing in the movement that is providing education on HOW to implement recovery-oriented practices? 


This is an exciting time for PSR RPS Canada as the tools of PSR are clearly the key to recovery-oriented practices. 

Board members are involved in making a difference in their communities by linking education to the real work that people do in their day-to-day practice.  Board members must be an individual member or part of an organizational membership of PSR RPS Canada.

If you are interested in applying to the Board of Directors, please complete the the application form. Please note that application to become a board member, requires PSR/RPS membership. Click to learn more about membership


Please send your completed application to:

Dr. John Higenbottam – Chairperson

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All interested members are encouraged to submit their application.  People from Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Eastern Canada as well as individuals who have expertise in finance and marketing are most welcome.  Come and join our team of people who are passionate, enthusiastic and like to have fun!

The slate of nominees will be presented to the general membership prior to the Annual General Meeting. 

The Directors elected will have a 2-year term – 2018 – 2020.