Despite improvements in service delivery, patient violence remains a major problem at mental health facilities. Focusing equally on causes, management, and prevention, this groundbreaking book thoroughly examines this crucial topic. The book reviews the latest theories of violence, proven prevention strategies, and examples of positive organizational change. The material is illustrated with graphs and clinical case examples, and coverage spans the range from patient rights to zero-tolerance.
This essential resource offers an understanding into patient violence at mental health facilities. It brings together salient theories, valuable data, and real-world interventions to provide information on the latest theories of violence as well as proven prevention strategies and examples of positive organizational change. The book is packed with practical highlights, such as how the ward environment can contribute to violence-or its prevention; training issues and course development in violence management; best practice guidelines for verbal, physical, and pharmaceutical interventions; and developing a non-violent culture at the institutional level. The extensive use of case studies drawn from practice and the media draw the reader into the discussion.
Therapists, nurses, social workers, and counselors will find this book a source of vital insights and ideas for future policy.