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Good Practice Examples

This section gathers examples of work which builds on the PTMF and how it informs and influences practice.

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Peer and Community Groups

  • Griffiths, A., (2019). Reflections on using the power threat meaning framework in peer-led systems. Clinical Psychology Forum, 313, 9-14.

    York MH Peer Support used guided discussion, template and core questions to structure group discussions. Individual narratives developed by group members that offered hope and a new perspective on themselves. Discussion using PTMF in group context led to a sense of common humanity between group members.

  • SHIFT Recovery Community, 2020. Using the Power threat meaning framework in self-help group of people with experience of mental and emotional distress. Journal of Constructivist Psychology.

    SHIFT recovery community held a study group on the PTMF overview document. Outcomes: Helped to see group members suffering as normal human responses to abnormal situations. Developed personal narratives. PTMF has potential to improve relationship between MH professionals and service users. Plan to create an info pack on PTMF using accessible language

  • Collins, N. (2019). The ‘own my life’ course: Building literacy with women about trauma through the PTMF. Clinical Psychology Forum 313, 38- 41.

    ‘Own my life’ course developed - used PTMF to develop a short video for women who have experienced domestic violence. Course with PTMF informed video has been run in 4 locations for survivors of domestic abuse. PTMF informed video also used in training for youth workers.

  • Geraldine Esdaille describes the work of 'We are Black Gold CIC', a  social enterprise which runs workshops and focus groups with women and men born and bred in Manchester.

    The programmes empower women who are marginalised and misrepresented. The workshops highlight the effects of power imbalances, giving participants the chance to gain self-awareness and become aware of their strengths and assets, helping people to connect with the power and importance of writing their own stories. The programme is underpinned by the Power Threat Meaning Framework.

  • YLOH: Your Life Our Help and The Life Learning Academy.

    The Mavam Group – Including; Mavam Supported Housing, YLOH – Your Life Our Help and The Life Learning Academy

    The Mavam Group are a collection of services that are built on the aim of helping people to improve their lives. Seeing people’s strengths, accepting their challenges, their experiences and how these have impacted their lives. The Group applies this in the culture that it creates within its teams and the way that it approaches helping those who they are asked to help and support.
    The Group believe that helping people is based on the fundamental principle that, people are people and, not defined by the labels that have been applied by others. Their services are available to help and support anyone. All staff are trained to establish and maintain helpful relationships with people. 
    Mavam Supported Housing work with people aged sixteen upwards and provide a range of supported housing options. Offering people support based on who they are, what they want and what they need to live their lives. People are able to move through the different levels of help and support available, as they move to the level of independence that works for them.
    YLOH – Your Life Our Help, have designed a way of working, inspired by the Power Threat Meaning Framework, called Creative Enabling. This includes the Getting To Know You work that people do with staff. In getting to know people, staff are encouraged to help those they meet to tell their story. To help them to describe; who they are and how they came to be where they are now. What their hopes are for their lives and what strengths they have available to them. With the Team then able to offer the help and support people want and need. YLOH currently have five services; Help in Cluttered Homes, Community Outreach, Supported Living, Student Support and Art For Wellbeing.
    The newest part of the Mavam Group is The Life Learning Academy (LLA). The LLA ensures that, within The Mavam Group, all staff are trained in a way the reinforces the values that sees emotional distress as part of being human. With distress being most often related to the things that have happened or are happening in our lives. 
    The LLA has designed external courses, starting with Emotional First Aid Training. This is underpinned by the PTMF and trains people in helping others through the utilisation of; compassion, respect, honesty, acceptance and the acknowledgement of the reality of peoples experiences. Looking to build upon people’s strengths and understanding the ways people have reacted to the things that have happened to them, and how they coped and/or survived.

    Additional links: 

    - Your life Our Help 
    - The Mavam Group
    - The Core Collaboration 4

    Future plans:

    We plan to develop staff understanding about how to utilise our approach further, and how our approach relates to the PTMF.

    We have created an Academy which is called the Life Learning Academy and we plan to offer Emotional Awareness or First Aid. this is to counter the current trend of Mental Health First Aid which we see as too clinical and medicalising. We are using the PTMF to underpin the training, in that it offers trainees a credible evidence-based rationale for seeing people's distress as understandable, meaningful and human.

    We hope that by understanding that we can then help people to have the confidence to develop their own natural ability to help another human being.

    We also would really like to train people in and about the PTMF specifically. It would be great to have courses that promoted and educated people in the approach.

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