Family work in adult acute psychiatric settings
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Family work in adult acute psychiatric settings

Alex Reed Family therapist, St Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle
Julie Apedaile Occupational therapist, Hadrian Clinic, Newcastle
Caroline Hughes Occupational therapist, Hadrian Clinic, Newcastle
Evelyn Ormerod Art psychotherapist, Hadrian Clinic, Newcastle

Alex Reed and colleagues discuss how this form of intervention can help families address the negative effects of admission

Meeting a service user with his or her family in acute care settings to discuss their thoughts, hopes and concerns provides important therapeutic benefits. It can help counter some of the potentially negative consequences of hospital admission for the service user and family. Because people usually enter hospital during a period of crisis, approaches that are flexible and responsive to the specific needs of each client and family are required.

To practise in this way, staff require access to training and continuing supervision that also needs to be delivered flexibly and responsively.

Mental Health Practice. 16, 7, 33-37. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.


Conflict of interest

None declared

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 11 June 2012

Accepted: 23 August 2012

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