This call for papers is open to care and support professionals, whether working or in training, to researchers, to volunteers involved in associations, to people personally concerned by recovery – in the context of somatic illnesses or persistent mental disorders – through their own care path or that of loved ones, and more broadly through their life path.
Oral presentations can take several forms: presentations of the results of qualitative or quantitative studies, lectures, testimonials, practical workshops to present support proposals.
Poster presentations will take the form of scientific posters (A0 format: 118.9 x 84.1 cm) presented during the poster session at the symposium.
National and international speakers welcome.
Oral presentations in French; poster presentations in English or French.
A budget has been set aside by the IPC to help reimburse travel and accommodation expenses, if necessary, for speakers selected to give oral presentations.
To submit proposals for oral or poster presentations, please send an abstract of no more than 600 words to the following e-mail address:
Deadline for submissions: April 21.
You will receive a reply by e-mail no later than April 25.

In medicine, the notion of recovery refers to the idea of a return to a previous state of health (restitutio ad integrum), or at least to the disappearance of the symptoms of illness. In contrast, originally coined by people with personal experience, the notion of recovery refers to their personal trajectory towards building a life worth living. It refers to the person’s future, regardless of the progression of the disease. Anthony defines it as early as 1993 as “a personal and unique process aimed at changing attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and/or roles. It is a means of living a satisfying, meaningful and hopeful life, whether or not limited by illness. Recovery involves the creation of new meaning and purpose in the life of the individual, who learns to overcome the dramatic consequences of illness…”. Many people living with persistent pathologies testify to this.
Psychosocial rehabilitation and therapeutic patient education (TPE) have adopted the term “recovery” as an integral part of the care pathway for people diagnosed with a persistent disorder. In principle, their aim is to go beyond the symptomatic remission of patients’ disorders and improve their quality of life and empowerment, with the idea that residual symptomatology does not prevent them from leading an active, meaningful life, accompanied by a sense of well-being.
While the concept of recovery is still often confined to the field of psychotic disorders, the field of gerontology is beginning to embrace it. Couldn’t it also be applied to patients living with persistent or progressive somatic illnesses, such as HIV, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, lymphedema, osteoarthritis, endometriosis, asthma and diabetes?
The aim of the symposium is to review the origin, definition and contours of the concept of recovery, its development in the context of a changing paradigm of care, and to examine its uses, the factors that foster it, and the realities – between dreams and disillusionment – to which it refers in the context of persistent psychotic disorders, as well as its extension to new fields such as old age and somatic health.
We look forward to seeing many of you there to discuss this topic, which raises real public health issues. The discussions and conclusions of this symposium will contribute – in their own way – to deepening knowledge of practices and research relating to the notion.

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