Development of an intervention aimed at increasing awareness and acknowledgement of victimisation and its consequences among people with severe mental illness

W. M. M. Albers*, Y. A. M. Nijssen, D. P. K. Roeg, I. M. B. Bongers, J. van Weeghel

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Abstract

Individuals with severe mental illness have a significant risk of (anticipated) discrimination and (criminal) victimisation, which is not structurally and systematically addressed by mental health practitioners. The aim of this study was to develop and pilot an intervention which supports professionals to address victimisation and its consequences, in order to reinforce safe social participation and improve recovery. Following the rehabilitation and positive risk management literature, in addition to current practice, intervention components were developed in two focus groups and four subsequent expert meetings. The intervention was piloted in two outpatient teams before being finalised. The Victoria intervention includes positive risk management, focusing on clients’ narratives and strengths, and awareness of unsafe (home) environments: it comprises four steps: exploring issues with social participation, analysing victimisation experiences, clarifying the context of these experiences, and determining future steps, including victimisation-sensitive rehabilitation planning and optional trauma treatment. Future research should further test this intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1375-1386
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume57
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • DISCRIMINATION
  • Discrimination
  • EARLY PSYCHOSIS
  • INDIVIDUAL PLACEMENT
  • PEER SUPPORT
  • RECOVERY
  • RISK-MANAGEMENT
  • Rehabilitation
  • SCHIZOPHRENIA
  • SELF-STIGMA
  • SOCIAL NETWORKS
  • Severe mental illness
  • Social participation
  • Staff training
  • VIOLENT VICTIMIZATION
  • Victimisation

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