A therapeutic group for clients with acute mental health problems

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  • David A Glenister MSc RN BSc(Hons)

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    1. Postgraduate Student of Adult Education, Department of Educational Studies, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, England
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Correspondece David A Glenister 4 Downsway East Hunsbury Northampton, Northamptonsire NN4 0TD, England

Abstract

A therapeutic group for clients with acute mental health problems is described using a case study research design The setting of the group is a British community mental health centre Theoretical and research approaches to brief therapeutic work with clients are discussed Results include qualitative descriptions of the group from the perspective of various respondents and quantitative descriptions of client attendance The group was evaluated positively by respondents and high attendance rates indicated that the group met clients’ needs The group was primarily utilized by professionals as an addition to present services rather than as an alternative to in-patient hospitalization However, m practice many of the clients needed some degree of professional support after ceasing to attend the group In this study, the establishment of a therapeutic group for clients with acute mental health problems improved inter-professional relations The ability to facilitate therapeutic groups is an important competence for mental health nurses

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