APNA Recovery Council

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The APNA Recovery Council’s vision is to have recovery inspired trauma-informed systems of care as best practice for every psychiatric-mental health nurse in all treatment settings where individuals experiencing a mental health or substance abuse illness can heal and grow. The council’s role is to empower the psychiatric-mental health nurse to learn and utilize recovery practice techniques in their care.


To educate and empower psychiatric mental health nurses in varied environments and at all levels of practice to utilize recovery oriented principles and promote recovery cultures, through the following values:

  • Recovery is possible for individuals with mental illness. 
  • It is important to empower individuals to achieve recovery.
  • Hope is an essential component of recovery and includes the belief that a meaningful life is possible.
  • Empowerment offers people the tools to help themselves.
  • Using person-first language demonstrates respect for all individuals.
  • Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his/her choice while striving to achieve his/her full potential (SAMHSA).



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