‘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.e1133Correspondence
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareConflict of interest
Received: 27 October 2015
Accepted: 07 June 2016