‘Give us something to do’: reflections on running a group therapy programme
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‘Give us something to do’: reflections on running a group therapy programme

Pamela Jacobsen Clinical psychologist, King’s College London
Catherine Clark Support worker, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (at time of writing)

People on psychiatric wards often report feeling bored, and say that they would like access to therapy groups on the ward to help aid their recovery. However, there are many challenges to providing groups on wards, including lack of staff with the requisite time and expertise. This article describes how a therapy group programme was designed and set up on a psychiatric triage ward. The group programme was psychology-led, with involvement from the nursing team as co-facilitators. Challenges and opportunities arising from this approach are discussed, with some suggestions for further areas of research and practice.

Mental Health Practice. 20, 4, 24-28. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1133



Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 27 October 2015

Accepted: 07 June 2016

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