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Psychosocial rehabilitation, is the process of restoration of community functioning and wellbeing of an individual who has been removed from their community for sometime and now has difficulty managing everyday demands. They may have been in prison, may have had long term illness, or been in a mental hospital

Rehabilitation work undertaken by psychologists, probation officers psychiatrists and other mental health professionals seeks to effect changes in a person's environment and in a person's ability to deal with their environment, so as to factiliate improvement in symptoms or personal distress. These services often "combine pharmacologic treatment, independent living and social skills training, psychological support to clients and their families, housing, vocational rehabilitation, social support and network enhancement, and access to leisure activities" (Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, U.S. Surgeon General, 1999[1]). There is often a focus on challenging stigma and prejudice to enable social inclusion, on working collaboratively in order to empower clients, and sometimes on a goal of full psychosocial recovery

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PsR) can be described as consisting of eight main areas of work:

  • Social (relationships, *Family, *Boundaries,
  • Communications & community integration);
  • Vocational and or Educational (coping skills,*motivation);
  • Basic Living Skills (hygiene, meals, safety, planning, chores);
  • Financial management(budgets);
  • Community and or Legal (resources);
  • Health and or Medical (maintain consistency of care); and
  • Housing (safe environments).
  • Psychiatric (symptom management);

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