Group treatment in a male low secure mental health service: a treatment description and descriptive evaluation
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PURPOSE – The purpose of this paper is to describe the development, content and structure of an intensive group-based intervention designed to address a range of needs common to individuals within low secure forensic mental health settings. Additionally, the feasibility, acceptability, resource implications and levels of participation and understanding are evaluated. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH – This paper describes the development, content and structure of an intensive group-based intervention designed to address a range of needs common to individuals within low secure forensic mental health settings. Additionally, the feasibility, acceptability, resource implications and levels of participation and understanding are evaluated. FINDINGS – Analysis showed that the intervention was well received by staff and participants and that those with low self-report knowledge at the start showed large improvements. Recorded levels of participation and understanding were lower than expected. RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS – Group-based interventions in low secure settings can be developed from existing “what works” information. Such treatments can feasibly be delivered although participants may need support – something which is not reported in many intervention studies. Research is now needed to assess the impact of the General Treatment & Recovery Programme (GTRP) intervention on participants. ORIGINALITY/VALUE – The development of treatment programmes for offending behaviour within low secure forensic mental health settings is still in its infancy. This paper outlines and describes the development of such an intervention, namely the GTRP.
Journal of Forensic Practice
Nagi, C., Davies, J. and Shine, L. (2014) 'Group treatment in a male low secure mental health service: a treatment description and descriptive evaluation', Journal of Forensic Practice, 16(2), pp.139-155.
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