Working with Heroes – Hearing Their Voices
by Sarah Moon
As an educator in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation it is hard to encapsulate the profound impact supporting the writers within the clubhouse where I worked, in submitting their deeply personal and moving accounts of one or many in-patient stays they experienced during their road to recovery, had on me.
Working in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and having the opportunity to work in many different capacities in the field, I believe our industry is truly migrating towards the train of thought that ‘Best practices are achieved when listening to the voice of the peer”, and it is that voicethat holds such profound power in making affective changes in the care provided to individuals with disabilities.
When the writing Unit at Our Massachusetts Clubhouse, was presented with the opportunity to submit essays on their accounts during in-patient stays, they eagerly embraced the chance to share their stories with bravery and commitment.
As Head of the Education Unit at our clubhouse — having the opportunity to support a group of writers in capturing in essay form such emotional and personal portrayals of stays at in-patient facilities — was a true honor. This honor, however embraced working tirelessly for months to balance such moving and emotional content in conjunction with the technical writing components necessary. The editing from both within our clubhouse and later with the editing team of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics was for me, an amazing demonstration of teamwork in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
From a professional perspective, the continuum of dedication I got to witness from the individuals in the Clubhouse courageously putting their stories in writing, to the support of a group of editors and individuals who believed so strongly in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, who’s content addressed the complex and often controversial topic of in-patient care for the mentally ill, was moving.
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