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Title: Recovery approaches with women with a diagnosis of personality disorder in secure care
Author: Millar, Hayleigh
ISNI:       0000 0004 2734 8189
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2011
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A literature review in Section A reviews the conceptual and empirical literature with regard to the usefulness and challenges inherent in applying recovery approaches in secure services, with a particular focus on women with a diagnosis of personality disorder. Section B. Background: Some studies have suggested that recovery approaches could be facilitated in secure mental health services despite a number of inherent tensions. However, none have explored if this applies to women with a diagnosis of personality disorder in secure care. A group whose needs have historically been overlooked, and can present with complex care-seeking behaviours. Aims. To explore how staff working with these women understand and apply recovery approaches in secure units. Method. Eleven multidisciplinary staff members working in a medium-secure unit in the UK participated in in-depth interviews. The data was analysed using grounded theory. Results. A preliminary model was generated, which comprised of five categories: secure base, balancing tensions, therapeutic relationship, initiating recovery, and nurturing recovery. These appeared to interact and influence each other throughout the recovery process. Conclusions. Staff are required to continually balance a number of tensions and as such they need a secure base from which to explore the service-users’ unique recovery process through the medium of collaborative therapeutic relationships. Staff sharing a recovery ethos that is embedded in the culture of a conducive environment, and is supported by supervision and teamwork, fosters the actualisation of recovery principles of empowerment, identity formation, and hope. Section C provides a critical appraisal of the study as well as a personal reflection on what was learnt through the process of the conducting the study.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RA1151 Forensic psychiatry ; RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention ; RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy ; RC0554 Personality disorders. Behavior problems