Dr. Xavier Amador (Courtesy of www.dramador.com)
Staff attended two unique sessions with Dr. Xavier Amador, author of “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment.”
In the first workshop, Dr. Amador explained and demonstrated the LEAP approach (Listen, Empathize, Agree & Partner) he developed that helps families and professionals better communicate with someone who is experiencing “anosognosia,” – a lack of awareness that can accompany mental illness, formerly thought of as denial but now understood as a symptom of psychosis.
In addition to being one of the world’s leading mental health professionals, he has the perspective of being a family caregiver to a brother living with schizophrenia. His book is available at the MHE library, and is strongly recommended for caregivers regardless of the diagnosis, but especially for psychosis.
The Second workshop was “Train the Trainer,” for twelve individuals working in mental health community organizations. MHE staff were privileged to be two members of this group and look forward to sharing what we learned with families and caregivers.
A sincere thank you is extended to AMI Québec for providing these workshops.