The Power of Procovery in Healing Mental Illness: Just Start Anywhere

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What if, instead of reaching backward to “recover” in the traditional sense, to a prior state of health, individuals with psychiatric diagnoses reached forward to procover, to focus on life instead of illness, to build new dreams and find new purpose? What if those who support and treat these individuals were able to easily create and support this change?

In The Power of Procovery in Healing Mental Illness, Kathleen Crowley–author of the powerful first person account of healing, The Day Room, A Memoir of Madness and Mending–shows that a simple shift in focus can initiate a transformative cycle of healing. This book tells you how and why. It is complete with extensive procovery notes for consumers, family and staff.

You don’t have to start The Power of Procovery at the beginning; just start anywhere. You’ll soon discover that procovery is within anyone’s grasp. It’s a path to healing built upon hope.

The Power of Procovery in Healing Mental Illness: Just Start Anywhere


  1. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on July 22, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    This piece of literature is valuable for “anyone”. I can’t even begin to imagine the trials someone with a physical or mental disability has in their daily life. My own disability pails in comparison; however, I draw a huge amount of information and believe that even the most healthy individual can benefit from reading Procovery. Kathleen is obviously very well read. Her choice of quotations is only surpassed by the appropriate placement of each. It is in calling upon a variety of world class authors that allows Kathleen to successfully include spiritual versus. Procovery is about Pro-action and therefore reminds us that we are empowered. Procovery is about Pro-cess so enjoy the journey. Whether it’s 2 steps forward and 1 step back or 1 step forward and 2 steps back; in the end we have traveled 3 steps. Procovery is about hope so recognize that life is a gift. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on July 22, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    This book changed my life and I think would change the life of anyone who reads it. It doesn’t even matter if they are dealing with mental health problems, the book is simply about how to move forward when you cannot move back and how to have hope. I’ve highlighted every other paragraph — I hope others find out about about procovery and this amazing little treasure of inspiration and plain practical common sense.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. M Hane said,

    Wrote on July 22, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    This book is extraordinary! I love the word “procovery” meaning success can be found looking forward to new life and building new dreams regardless of the symptoms or diagnosis. As a case manager, I’ve read dozens and dozens of books on overcoming mental illness, and this is the first one to really address the difficult realities I see in practice every day with hope and practical suggestions. Procovery should be taught in graduate school for understanding the challenges and possibilities for overcoming mental illness. The sense of hope and practical guidance run throughout the book, and the separate “Procovery Notes” for consumers, family and staff make it easy for me to share the information and book with clients. I particularly agree with the “just start anywhere” principle – from my own experience it makes sense to start from where someone’s energy is – and am impressed the way the book is designed so that it too can be started anywhere.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on July 22, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

    Excellent book for anyone who deals with Mental illness wether a consumer, family member or professional. We have been working on recovering from a mental illness for years. Last May we started our own Procovery hit and miss style. This book would have been benificial then and is now. Must Read!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on July 22, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    The Power of Procovery in Healing Mental Illness is an exciting book! Kathleen Crowley has written a book that you may indeed, “Just Start Anywhere” and learn what is needed to change your thinking or help others to begin changing their thinking about living with a disability. When looking for a model to help think about training to help others understand recovery, I learned of Ms. Crowley’s Procovery movement. She has a systematic approach to the topic which helps others to organize their thinking. It is also written on a level for an individual to focus on the “procovery” need in their lives.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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