Using Psychological Formulation in Inpatient Mental Health Settings – Helping People Make Sense of Their Problems

Inpatient mental health settings are traditionally guided by the medical model, with treatment focusing primarily on psychiatric diagnosis and pharmacological interventions. A drawback of this approach is that people may feel labelled and not fully understood as individuals. To address this, the author advocates greater use of psychological formulation on inpatient mental health units. A psychological formulation may include: Present Problems – Focusing on individual symptoms that are problematic for …

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Successful Mental Health Approach To Teenage Alcohol Prevention

Dr Patricia Conrod Targeted psychological interventions aimed at teenagers at risk of emotional and behavioural problems significantly reduce their drinking behaviour, and that of their schoolmates, according to the results from a large randomised controlled trial published in JAMA Psychiatry. The authors argue that the intervention could be administered in schools throughout the UK to help prevent teenage alcohol abuse. The ‘Adventure Trial’ is led by Dr Patricia Conrod, King’s …

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