The THRIVE Approach. Marion Aslan www.crazydiamond.org.uk. Time Healing Resilience Interdependence Vivacity Emancipation. THRIVE. Self help / guided approach to recovery Supplements current models of working Meets best practice criteria
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elements of restoration and recovery and using
them as the foundation stones for finding and
achieving the future you want to build.
rather than an event or a label then there has to
be a map, a guide, short cuts, beginnings and an
Survival with impairment
POTENTIAL RESPONSES TO DISTRESS
Level of Functioning
THRIVE encompasses these within
Time Healing Resilience Interdependence Vivacity Emancipation
were, but to thrive means so much more.
It enables you to regain and reclaim life
not just as it was, but as it would and should have
been had the disruption not occurred.
It is a far more optimistic and hopeful concept.
Where the similarities lie are in the initial process
of becoming unstuck, the underpinning elements
that support moving on and the commitment
required from self to put in the work and effort
necessary for advancement.
to give in. We all have that capacity to grow stronger
through adversity” Courtney Harding, U.S.A.
Hope and optimism is crucial to the process and even this can be learned!
The THRIVE approach firmly believes that the individual is the expert of his or her experiences, and within every person lies the necessary resources to facilitate reclamation of their life.
Breakdown, Breakthrough and Breakout
(Aslan & Smith 2008) which embraces recovery but
goes even further. It liberates the individual,
emancipates and encourages responsibility taking.
It can be actively supported by friends, family, workers and
colleagues, but the key person is you, your hopes and
desires and a commitment to reclaiming your life, working
through problem areas and gaining insight into yourself.
Explore your experiences
Startling/ inc. toxic factors
Engage with others get information
Reclaim power & ownership
Understand and make sense
Change relationship with experience
Make choices begin to recognise power/politics
Begin to engage with experience
Mourning loss & healing
Identifying your experiences, Name the problem
Get safe again
TIME is a natural healer as long as we don’t resist the
process and become stuck. Think of someone you have
loved who has died. The pain of grief becomes less raw
over time – you don’t forget or stop missing the person,
but over time you focus on the joy of knowing them rather
than the pain of losing them.
So it can be with emotional problems. With TIME you will
feel differently, gain a different perspective and move away
from the distress you feel right now.
Do you see any patterns in your timeline?
Can you identify where your didtress began, or when it became problematic?
Does that follow any event or events in particular?
Past Positive events Present
Healing is integral to recovery and essential to
everyone’s wellbeing, sometimes easier to impart
to others than to give to ourselves.
There may be reasons why
we block our own healing
– guilt, worthlessness,
shame, lack of belief in our
Showing Resilience is a common factor in those
who have survived and rebuilt their lives. Indeed
we all have a degree of resilience, and some
people are able to draw on their inner reserves
and show Resilience even where
the system may squash it.
It is also possible to build up our
own resilience and to help support
the process in others.
AND enduring strength that can result from
struggling with hardship
It is integral to and underpins recovery. It’s a
process of taking back control of your life and
Courtney Harding, U.S.A.
us, not to give in. We all have that capacity to
grow stronger through adversity”
Courtney Harding, U.S.A.
We all rely on other people
for some things some of
the time, and other people
may rely on us.
These are the natural
supports we can build on.
A healthier attitude is to look at ways of increasing
Our personal connections and relationships,
building Circles of Support
Vivacity is not a term we hear very often in mental health
spheres but our conviction is that we should be thinking
about this as a vital part of recovery. Being animated, full
of enjoyment of life is possible for all. Many people who
have experienced severe lows in their lives talk about
enjoying life even more after coming through illness or
Emancipation or liberation comes with taking
control of one’s own life and celebrating your own
individuality and uniqueness. Playing a vital role in
society and being valued can enhance our sense of
freedom and remove us from the constraints of
being regarded as mentally unwell, maintained in
the system and feeling as if life happens to other
fails to see that mental health problems are a reaction to
problems in life and not only, if at all, symptoms of an
The THRIVE Approach focuses on the person’s own
potential and their capabilities to find solutions for their
problems. Using this process, it is about framing your
understanding of your experiences”
Professor Emeritus of Social Psychiatry, Maastricht
Author of “Understanding Voices & “Accepting Voices”
and either “let go” or “work through”
Enables workers to reclaim their helping roles
professionally, I found it uplifting, positive, clear, simple,
not patronising, encouraging me in the way that I work,
inclusive, varied, funny and very real.
I have passed on details to the coordinator for mental
health promotion, to the rest of my team and to some folk
involved in recovery stories down here.
Thank you both for all the hard work putting it together and for the
All the very best with the project
Frances, Community Psychiatric Nurse, C.M.H.T. Cornwall
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