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Managers’ views of the effects on their service of hosting a cognitive-behavioural anger management group

Nicola Rose (Black Country Foundation Partnership Trust, West Bromwich, UK)
John Rose (School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK And Black Country Foundation Partnership Trust, West Bromwich, UK)
Biza Stenfert Kroese (School of Psychology, Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK)
Aimee Stimpson (Directorate of Learning Disability Services, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Swansea, UK)
Pamela MacMahon (Institute of Health and Wellbeing, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK)
Andrew Jahoda (Institute of Health and Wellbeing, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK)
Julia Townson (South East Wales Trials Unit, Department of Primary Care & Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
David Felce (Psychological Medicine and Neurology, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Kerenza Hood (South East Wales Trials Unit, Department of Primary Care & Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Paul Willner (Psychology Department, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Swansea, UK)

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

ISSN: 2044-1282

Article publication date: 5 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how service managers perceive their service prior to, and following the delivery of a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) anger management group for individuals with an intellectual disability.

Design/methodology/approach

Telephone interviews were conducted with seven service managers, before and after a CBT group intervention. The interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis to identify common and/or contrasting themes.

Findings

Before the intervention took place managers observed a lack of consistency in how their staff dealt with challenging incidents and the serious consequences these incidents had for service users as well as staff. They spoke about the importance of multi-disciplinary working and good quality staff selection, support and training. After the group intervention managers commented on a positive “spilling-out effect” whereby the whole organisation was influenced by the intervention, a greater willingness on the part of service users to talk about their problems, and an increased confidence in the staff members who had co-facilitated the group work.

Research limitations/implications

The implications of the themes raised are discussed and recommendations for further research are suggested.

Originality/value

This research provides a unique contribution of managers’ views and insight into how hosting a CBT group intervention impacted on their wider services.

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Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment programme.

Citation

Rose, N., Rose, J., Stenfert Kroese, B., Stimpson, A., MacMahon, P., Jahoda, A., Townson, J., Felce, D., Hood, K. and Willner, P. (2015), "Managers’ views of the effects on their service of hosting a cognitive-behavioural anger management group", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 19-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/AMHID-05-2014-0018

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