The Trimbos Insitute will be doing research on the Yucelmethod with a grant from the Agis Health Innovation Fund.
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The Yucelmethod ‘working on recovery’ is a playful and innovative response to the major changes that are going on in health care. These changes include the expectation of more self-analysis and self-management of clients or patients in the future. In addition, a greater appeal will be made on the own strength of clients and their network. The social assistance and services are often insufficient to meet the needs.
In the current aid system, linguistic and abstract terms are mostly used. As a client of aid you are expected to adapt to the language and conceptual framework of your social worker. The Yucelmethod works differently. With colored blocks, you build a representation of your life’s situation. You describe your problems (burdening factors) and the support that you get from yourself and others (supporting factors) in your own words and tangibly put them on the table. It makes it much easier to see your problems and your needs for support and the relation between them. Your supporter helps you finish building your representation. He or she will stimulate your thought process by asking questions and encouraging you. You take a picture of each representation afterwards. In time, you will be able to look back on the changes that have taken place.
The Yucelmethod speaks a visuals language. It’s a language that focuses on simplicity and overview. For every burden, you choose a rectangular block. On this block you write the name of the problem. For example, you write down: ‘fear’ or ‘alcohol’ or ‘arguments’. You also write down the name of every supporting factor, i.e. ‘partner’, ‘colleague’ or ‘brother’. Naturally, each of these words stand for a wide range of emotions and affairs. But in the representation that you will be building you only use the summaries, the keywords of your burdening- and supporting factors. The Yucelmethod helps you get an overview of your problems and your support in a visual manner. The visual character of the method suits the current zeitgeist very well. People understand how it works very easily. The imagery of the blocks makes clients identify their own problems and the overview that they get causes them to participate in the solutions. The method invites to self-management an initiatieve. In the process, people experience their own strength and discover the strength of their social- and family network. Especially people who have a lot of problems develop a better overview of their problems through this method. After the process, they tend to focus more on choosing specific aid, from their own network if possible. This will make them less dependent on care.
For people who are less verbally skilled, the existing aid techniques are often too abstract and linguistic. These people will definitely benefit from the Yucelmethod. But also verbally skilled people using the method and building with tangible elements often gain unexpected insights. A picture often says more than words!
The Yucelmethod helps individuals, families or networks look at their problems and their future using their own strength, knowledge and wishes. As said, this is becoming increasingly important. Working with the strengths and competencies of clients and their networks is one of the principles of the ‘Wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning’ [Social Support Act] (WMO). In psychiatry ‘recovery’ and self-management are new concepts that rely on the own knowledge and strength of individuals. The Yucelmethod seamlessly fits into these new developments, which are designed to enhance the effectiveness of care, reduce the costs and make people less dependent on care.