Can Motivational Groups Promote Recovery in Forensic Settings?

 

 

DOI:10.1080/15228932.2014.890484

Deborah Skinner, Jonathan Heasley, Sabrina Stennett & Louise Braham

Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice

Volume 14, Issue 2, 2014

14 Apr 2014

 

 

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15228932.2014.890484

 

Abstract

This paper explores the extent to which a motivational program in a high secure psychiatric hospital can achieve its goal of promoting recovery. The evaluation utilized focus groups to explore the experiences of service users who had completed a 12-week motivation program between October 2010 and March 2013. Using thematic and saliency analysis, five main themes emerged suggesting that the program had a positive impact on a variety of recovery-related factors such as: confidence, hope, taking control and responsibility, identifying strengths, and improving access to social support. Findings support the notion that forensic mental health services can be recovery-focused.