As part of a treatment team, you play an important role. You help people living with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder find the help they need. No matter where your patient is on his or her recovery journey, you can make a difference.
Whether you’re a prescriber, nurse, case manager, social worker, therapist, peer support specialist, or have another role, you know the recovery process is a lifelong journey. There are many ups and downs along the way. You understand how important communication, education, and each patient’s unique past, current, and future needs are to putting together the right recovery plan and treatment equation.
It may take several conversations before you feel like you’re making progress with your patients. It takes time and patience. See if Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques can help you facilitate your patient interactions.
As you’re getting started, it may help to
Next, review common treatment beliefs and how you can help address them.