'That practicing and preaching thing': Working effectively with people judged to be resisting treatment

Michael Hazelton, Rachel Rossiter

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Abstract

This presentation draws on research conducted over more than a decade to discuss interactions between practitioners and people judged to be resisting treatment for mental health problems. During the last 15 years, we have conducted a number of studies examining the discursive practices through which practitioners make sense of and respond to service users considered to be ‘troubling’ and/or ‘troublesome’. A key finding from this research is that nurses and other health professionals often seemed caught between providing care and managing risk. In working through such tensions, some research participants took up opportunities for training in psychosocial treatments such as dialectical behaviour therapy and ongoing support in the form of clinical supervision or group mentorship. Through Involvement in training and support opportunities designed to enhance self‐awareness, increase mindfulness, build compassion, and challenge stigmatizing attitudes, participants came to realize that the key to being a skilled helper was to 'practice what you preach'. The presentation concludes by proposing principles for practicing person‐centred care within the risk‐averse culture of mental health services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages21-22
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAustralian College of Mental Health Nursing 41st International Mental Health Nursing Conference - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 07 Oct 201509 Oct 2015
Conference number: 41st
https://nswmentalhealthcommission.com.au/events/41st-international-mental-health-nursing-conference
https://web.archive.org/web/20150316042055/http://www.acmhn2015.com/#!abstracts/c13gz (Call for abstracts and publication in journal)
https://www.acmhnpastevents.com/2015 (Conference website)

Conference

ConferenceAustralian College of Mental Health Nursing 41st International Mental Health Nursing Conference
Abbreviated titleMental Health Nurses: Shifting culture, leading change
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period07/10/1509/10/15
OtherThe 41st International Mental Health Nursing Conference was held in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention Centre, from the 7th – 9th October 2014, with a workshop and the Oration and Investiture on the 6th. The conference challenged speakers and delegates to get involved in the future of the profession; to consider and discuss how the profession can be moved forward,; and how mental health nurses can move from the ‘bedside to the boardroom’. Mental health nursing leadership is the key. Step up, this is the future of mental health nursing.
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