Common mental health problems and psychotic experiences in IAPT

Psychodynamic therapy draws on theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis.

Mark Smith reviews a recent service evaluation looking at common mental health conditions and psychotic experiences occurring at the same time in IAPT services.

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Exploring the mental health charity sector evidence system

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A guest post from Caroline Fiennes, Director of Giving Evidence, who has today published a new report that explores in the ways in which UK mental health charities use evidence in the development of their services.

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The impact of co-ordinated community-based care for older people

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Clarissa Giebel examines a US study on a community-based support for older people and finds that ‘the little things’ can mean a lot, particularly for prevention and quality of life.

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Testing stress training for black and minority ethnic carers of people with dementia

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Mary Larkin finds out if a US carer support programme is effective for black and minority ethnic carers of people living with Alzhemier’s disease.

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Testing a person-centred approach to carer support

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Mary Larkin discusses a US study of a person-centred, evidence-based carer support intervention and thinks about implications of the findings for the UK context.

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Evaluating integration: instruments to track the complexity

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Robin Miller tackles a systematic review of measures to evaluate integration in health and social care and discusses some of the challenges of integration.

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Alliance urges providers of support to people with learning disabilities to sign up to quality code

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The Driving up Quality Alliance is an alliance of people and organisations (listed below) committed to ensuring that the kind of abuse of people with learning disabilities uncovered at Winterbourne View can never happen again. They have developed a Code which they are inviting all providers that support people with learning disabilities to sign up [read the full story…]

Recovery approach shows promise in learning disabilities secure service

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Mental health problems amongst people with learning disabilities have been found to be more prevalent than amongst the general population, although estimates of prevalence rates vary. The authors of this paper were keen to consider whether the recovery approach to mental illness was applicable to people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The origin [read the full story…]

ACT training reduces staff stress but further research needed

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT – pronounced as the word rather than the initials) is based on the notion that it is important to accept what is out of your personal control but commit to action to improve and enrich your life. ACT is an approach which sets out to teach psychological skills to deal [read the full story…]

Therapeutic community approach in secure settings for men with learning disabilities shows treatment gains in first 12 months

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The notion of the therapeutic community emerged in the 1940s and was developed in the UK throughout the subsequent decades. Therapeutic communities developed participative approaches to working with people with long term mental illness. Usually residential, they offered a complete therapeutic milieu with therapists and patients living in the same environment and within the same [read the full story…]