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Reflecting on the delivery of a structured alcohol and drug group in a medium‐secure forensic unit

Reflecting on the delivery of a structured alcohol and drug group in a medium‐secure forensic unit Purpose – This review aims to discuss the planning, implementation and evaluation of a 24‐session alcohol and drug group for eight service users, based on the Behavioural Treatment for Substance Abuse in Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Model (BTSAS), delivered by a group of multi‐disciplinary staff in a medium secure forensic setting. Design/methodology/approach – Evaluation tools were completed pre‐ and post‐group to measure attendee outcomes and perceptions of their group experience. Findings – The group programme was well received, although adaptations to meet specific medium‐secure needs will be required for future group work. Practical implications – The development and implementation of the group has raised awareness within the medium‐secure setting, facilitating a less punitive and more collaborative response. Originality/value – The paper highlights interventions to support the medium‐secure setting to develop a more pragmatic bespoke response to meet alcohol and drug needs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Dual Diagnosis Emerald Publishing

Reflecting on the delivery of a structured alcohol and drug group in a medium‐secure forensic unit

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1757-0972
DOI
10.1108/17570971111197193
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Abstract

Purpose – This review aims to discuss the planning, implementation and evaluation of a 24‐session alcohol and drug group for eight service users, based on the Behavioural Treatment for Substance Abuse in Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Model (BTSAS), delivered by a group of multi‐disciplinary staff in a medium secure forensic setting. Design/methodology/approach – Evaluation tools were completed pre‐ and post‐group to measure attendee outcomes and perceptions of their group experience. Findings – The group programme was well received, although adaptations to meet specific medium‐secure needs will be required for future group work. Practical implications – The development and implementation of the group has raised awareness within the medium‐secure setting, facilitating a less punitive and more collaborative response. Originality/value – The paper highlights interventions to support the medium‐secure setting to develop a more pragmatic bespoke response to meet alcohol and drug needs.

Journal

Advances in Dual DiagnosisEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 17, 2011

Keywords: Forensic; Secure; Inpatient; Mentally disordered offenders; Substance misuse; Alcohol; Drugs; Group work; Dual diagnosis

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