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Recovery model (PACE)

The PACE recovery model (People Advocating for change through Empowerment) was presented by Dr. Daniel B. Fisher and Laurie Ahern along with a guide to recovery (Personal assistance in community existence) referred to below. The recovery model has since been upgraded to a recovery paradigm that stands for recovery ideology, which Fisher discusses in his book, Heartbeats of Hope; The Empowerment Way to Recovery.

According to the recovery ideology, there is a strong emphasis on individuals being able to recover from an emotional problem that is usually referred to as a mental problem within the health system. Such problems are often attributed to difficult life experiences in one way or another. Recovery is therefore not necessarily defined as being free of all symptoms, but being able to live a meaningful life and participate in society. It is important that everyone needs to be able to work on their own recovery on their own terms and be able to use social services for this, as people with similar experiences support each other in a safe environment. Such services are therefore based on people with lived experiences of emotional problems and those who have come a long way in their recovery process. The PACE model defines 5 key factors that each one examines in their recovery process. Individuals then use different ways to achieve and maintain their recovery. The work of recovery emphasizes that people gain faith that they can achieve recovery, that they strengthen trusting relationships with others who also believe in the person's recovery and that they acquire certain skills to be able to cope with life tasks and crises. Part of the process is to regain oneself and one's dreams and be a part of a recovery society.

  • Sources

    • Personal assistance in community existence (Retrieved 22.02.2021) - 00.cover.jpg ( Published by National Empowerment Center, Inc.

    • Phd. Fisher, Daniel (2017). Heartbeats of hope; The Empowerment Way to Recover


Grófin works on the basis of the recovery ideology in the work in general, but there is also a special emphasis on this topic in group work in Geðrækt - recovery group.