Reflections on a yearly camp at an adult mental health rehabilitation unit

Dorn, Emma and Hitch, Danielle 2016, Reflections on a yearly camp at an adult mental health rehabilitation unit, Mental health practice, vol. 19, no. 10, pp. 33-37, doi: 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1113.

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Title Reflections on a yearly camp at an adult mental health rehabilitation unit
Author(s) Dorn, Emma
Hitch, DanielleORCID iD for Hitch, Danielle
Journal name Mental health practice
Volume number 19
Issue number 10
Start page 33
End page 37
Total pages 5
Publisher RCN Publishing
Place of publication Harrow, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07
ISSN 1465-8720
Keyword(s) camping
mental health
risk management
secure services
Summary This article describes the implementation and evaluation of an annual camp at a secure unit in Australia. The Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit is a locked medium secure unit housing clients with a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder with severe and treatment resistant symptoms. For the past 6 years, the unit has been offering an annual 3-day camp as a means of supporting recovery and enhancing occupational participation. Principals aligned with the Australian national framework for recovery-orientated mental health services are used to reflect on the implementation of this camp, including its benefits and challenges. Feedback received from clients is very positive overall, with many stating they were treated with respect and would attend another camp if given the chance. Providing this opportunity for clients has involved a combination of careful risk assessment and management with positive risk taking. However, this challenge continues to pay off through improved relationships between staff and clients, and support of clinical and personal recovery.
Language eng
DOI 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1113
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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