Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to describe the treatment environment of a community-based recovery-oriented setting for persons with psychiatric emergencies.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify areas for further research on these treatment environments.
Methods: Community-based participatory research methods and an existential phenomenological theoretical/philosophical approach were used for this study. Nondirective, in-depth interviews were conducted with participants who were guests, psychiatric/mental health nurses and counselors, and peer counselors who were asked to describe what stands out to them about The Living Room. Our total sample is comprised of 19 persons. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and then systematically analyzed using descriptive phenomenological methods of analysis by an interdisciplinary and community-based participatory research team. The findings will be presented as a thematic structure of the experience of The Living Room -- a recovery-oriented alternative crisis intervention treatment environment.
Results: Study in progress.
Conclusion: Findings may raise awareness of ways that recovery-oriented alternative programs assists individuals in crisis, which will contribute to the literature about these programs and may provide information for other alternatives to hospital emergency department visits for persons experiencing emotional distress.