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

Richard Edwards (Consultant Nurse for Dual Diagnosis, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (NHS) Trust, Bath, UK and a Senior Lecturer at The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
Ruth Guy (Clinical Psychologist based at Fromeside Medium Secure Services, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (NHS) Trust, Bristol, UK)
Mark Bartholomew (Occupational Therapist based at Fromeside Medium Secure Services, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (NHS) Trust, Bristol, UK)
Rosie Buckland (Social Worker, Adult CMHT, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (NHS) Trust, Weston‐Super‐Mare, UK)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Publication date: 17 November 2011

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.

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Citation

Edwards, R., Guy, R., Bartholomew, M. and Buckland, R. (2011), "Reflecting on the delivery of a structured alcohol and drug group in a medium‐secure forensic unit", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 180-189. https://doi.org/10.1108/17570971111197193

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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