|Volume 31, Issue 3 (autumn 2010)|
MAXWELL JONES LECTURE
What Should Social Psychiatry Say to Neuroscience?
ABSTRACT: No abstract.
Maxwell Jones Lecture: Response
ABSTRACT: No abstract.
Managing and Adapting to Increased Security and Audit Requirements Within a Prison-based Therapeutic Community: The Recent Experience of HMP Grendon
Michael Brookes and Patrick Mandikate
ABSTRACT: This paper describes ways in which HMP Grendon, a prison establishment in which there is a series of discrete therapeutic communities (TCs), has adapted to increased security and audit requirements. Set out are the reasons why those adjustments were important and necessary. Some were a function of revised Prison Service priorities alongside a changing management culture within the National Offender Management Service. Others were in response to specific establishment deficits or to enable the work undertaken within HMP Grendon to be better recognised and acknowledged as an effective intervention in reducing offending behaviour.
Compromise or Collaboration: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters in a Chaotic Changing Environment
ABSTRACT: Compromise or collaboration? Competition or cooperation? What is the difference?
The Naked TC: Can a TC Prosper Without Finance, Buildings or Staff?
Peter R. Holmes and Susan B. Williams
ABSTRACT: Without funding, without its own building and without any paid therapeutic or medical staff, Christ Church Deal is a therapeutic community (TC) with a difference. For 12 years it has relied on its social and relational processes for the continuity of the therapeutic dynamic in the community. The authors, who were co-founders of the community, suggest that equipping members to carry personal and mutual responsibility has been a core element in the maintenance of the life of the community. They also highlight several other aspects of the TC that have contributed to its survival without the support of finance, buildings or staff.
An Informal Review of the Literature on Community Meetings and the Potential for their Application in a Secure Adolescent Service
Marilyn A. Sher
ABSTRACT: An informal review of the literature pertaining to Community Meetings (CMs) was undertaken. This involved defining CMs, exploring their purpose, process, structure and leadership. Therapeutic approaches and techniques relevant to CMs as well as the role of group processes were also examined. Brief reflections on the existing evaluations undertaken so far in the literature were considered. Finally, the application of such a meeting in a secure adolescent service was discussed. This discussion centres on some of the challenges secure adolescent services may face when implementing CMs, mainly due to the culture of forensic services focusing on risk management, lack of adequately trained staff and the initial expected ‘hostility’ both staff and patients perceive will occur. However, valuable contributions of CMs were evident in terms of developing social perspective-taking skills, self-awareness, use of support and empathy. This indicates the importance of implementing CMs in secure adolescent services to enhance client skills and complement the therapeutic approaches utilised with this client group.
Staff Perceptions About Stress and Staff Burnout in Drug Treatment Organisations: A Qualitative Comparative Study in Greece and the UK
Charalampos Poulopoulos and Kim Wolff
ABSTRACT: Burnout is a significant issue in drug treatment organisations and it can be linked with high turnover staff rates. However, not many studies have been carried out in this field, although burnout has received significant attention in education, health care and social welfare fields and an extensive literature has developed around the model, the theory and the process of burnout. The aim of the current study is to understand burnout in the drug treatment field. Using a focus group interview, the study tries to explore staff perceptions of burnout working in the drug treatment field in Greece and Britain in various organisations. The study reveals that there are many similarities in the way in which professionals from the two countries perceive the phenomenon. Both groups seem to agree that burnout is related with organisational function and policies. The paper concludes by suggesting organisational and personal measures in preventing burnout.
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