Managing to Extract Therapy from Punishment. Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix, Cell C5

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Key studies on the role of management in the treatment of problem drinking in criminal justice settings and/or to safeguard the community. A rare review specific to this context argues that “the justice system usually communicates to the offender that treatment is punishment,” making staff competence and the managers who sustain that competence critical. Highlights the first trial of the influential ‘risk-need-responsivity’ model for matching intervention to offender, asks whether cognitive-behavioural approaches are the way to go, identifies arguably the most difficult management task in the addictions, and asks how managers can follow guidance to prioritise the child when the parent is the patient.

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One of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix mapping seminal and key research and guidance on alcohol brief interventions and treatment.

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Dr Michael Taylor, GP with a special interest in addictions and Clinical Director for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Heywood Middleton and Rochdale PCT, England


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