The RCI Recovery Planning Workbook
The RCI was developed with a dual purpose; to support individuals in their own recovery journey and to enhance the capacity of services in supporting each individual in relation to their mental health recovery.
Whilst the RCI provides a snapshot of one’s priorities and current supports in relation to mental health recovery, a potential gap existed for those who wished to use their profile to engage in personal reflection and recovery planning. The RCI Recovery Planning Workbook was therefore designed to bridge this gap.
Purpose of the RCI Recovery Planning Workbook
The RCI Recovery Planning Workbook was designed to provide those using the RCI with:
- a support to assist in reflecting on their experience of using the RCI
- a tool to facilitate reflection on their strengths and areas they might like to work on, arising from RCI completion
- a guide to facilitate further Recovery Planning, either alone, or with a supporter if they wish
The RCI Recovery Planning Workbook can also facilitate supporters (family, friends, staff, peer workers, RCI facilitators, etc.) in assisting a person draft and use a Recovery Action Plan based on their RCI profile.
Sections of the RCI Workbook
The RCI Recovery Planning Workbook comprises the following sections:
- Welcome to the RCI Recovery Planning Workbook: An introduction providing a welcome, an overview of recovery, and some principles in working with the Workbook.
- Your Experience of the RCI: A section supporting people in reflecting and capturing their experiences and insights in using the RCI.
- Review Your Personal Supports: A section for people to consider things that are going well and also areas they have identified that they may like to work on from the RCI Personal Supports section.
- Review Your Service Supports: A section for people to consider things that are going well and also areas they have identified that they may like to work on from the Service Supports section within the RCI.
- Your RCI Recovery Action Plan: A section supporting the identification of goals and Recovery Action Planning in relation to these goals.
1. Welcome to the RCI Recovery Planning Workbook
The workbook opens with a general welcome for individuals and some information in relation to how the workbook may be of help. Readers are made aware that the RCI Recovery Planning Workbook can be used as a tool alongside other tools that someone may be using (e.g. Individual Care Plan, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Personal Task in GROW, etc.). For some, the workbook may support the development of some of these other initiatives and vice versa.
Within this section, some introductory statements are made about recovery to orient readers and possible supporters, to some current understandings and interpretations of mental health recovery.
Readers (and supporters) are then provided with some guiding principles in relation to use of the workbook. These principles take account of the voluntary nature of the task and aim to place the person at the centre of the process with control over what happens and how the workbook is used. Individuals are free to use the workbook (or not), to share it with whomever they like (or not), and to complete it partially, or fully, in any order they like.
Given that reflection can often be important in these activities, we encourage people to take breaks in their use of the workbook, rather than necessarily trying to complete everything in one sitting.
2. Your Experience of the RCI
When people completed the RCI in the past, many observed just how important the process of reflection was in completing the questionnaire as well as reviewing their profiles. People pointed to new insights they gained regarding the way in which aspects of their lives are impacting their mental health recovery. This section provides a reflective space to capture thoughts, feelings and insights in relation to their experience of completing the RCI.
3. Review Your Personal Supports
This section of the workbook provides an opportunity for people to reflect on the Personal Supports domains of the RCI and record things that are going well and possible areas they would like to work on arising out of this review. In a review of available workbooks, we noted that many overlook or pay little attention to an individual’s strengths and personal resources. Yet we know from personal accounts that people find focussing on the things that are going well in their lives helpful both to inspire confidence and to give a more rounded picture.
An area that someone may like to work on could include enhancing or building on a particular strength, or it could include an area that they would like to be different in some way.
There are four themes covered under the Personal Supports section of the RCI which look at parts of your life which may support your recovery.
- My Relationships e.g. 'I have enough supportive relationships in my life’
- My Activities e.g. ‘I exercise’
- My Skills e.g. 'I have the skills I need to find a job’
- My Resources e.g. ‘I have money for basic needs’
4. Review Your Service Supports
Similar to the section above, individuals can use this section to record strengths and areas they would like to work on from the Service Support sections of the RCI.
There are four themes covered under the Service Supports section of the RCI, which looks at the ways in which your mental health services may support your recovery.
- My Life e.g. ‘Staff take all parts of my life into account’
- My Future e.g. ‘Staff help me to develop plans to manage my mental health’
- My Choices e.g. ‘I have choices within the service’
- Listens to Me e.g. ‘I feel that I am really understood by the staff’
5. My RCI Recovery Action Plan
This section provides a guide to support individuals in identifying their goals, choosing who and what might be able to help in achieving these goals, and in drafting steps for each of the goals they choose to work on.
They can also review their plan, tick off completed goals and steps, as well as identifying key learning and tips for improved planning next time.