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REVIEW 2005 PDF file 813Kb
The motivational hallo
Part 3 of the Manners Matter series investigates motivational interviewing, the most influential counselling style in addiction treatment. At first we couldn't believe what we'd found - but it really has worked best without a manual.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 140Kb
Flexible DTTOs do most to cut crime
More flexible supervision requirements and more methadone treatment may account for why treatment-based court orders are completed far more often in Scotland than in England, improving recidivism rates.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 103Kb
Offenders do better in treatment if sanctions credible and clear
Offenders in New York ordered to the same residential therapeutic communities stayed longer and later committed fewer crimes if sent by criminal justice programmes which had credible sanctions and ensured offenders understand these and knew they were being monitored.
Analysis of counselling session recordings from therapists trained in motivational interviewing suggests that the important quality of seeming 'genuine' can suffer if training mandates unnaturally withholding normal responses; however, departing from these tenets is risky unless done by a socially skilled therapist.
Concludes that retaining psychosocial therapy skills after the popular workshop training format requires follow-up consultation, supervision or feedback. Rather than simply ‘ticking the box’ by sending staff to one-off workshops, the implication is that services must invest much more to be confident the investment has paid off for clients.
REVIEW 2004 PDF file 909Kb
The power of the welcoming reminder
Part 1 of the Manners Matter series. In seemingly mundane tasks like reminding patients of appointments and checking how they are doing after they leave, individualised and welcoming communications characterise retention-enhancing services.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 91Kb
DTTOs' anti-crime impact undermined by a failure to retain offenders
The first published study on Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (treatment offered instead of normal sentencing) in Britain revealed that their impact on drug-related offenders was seriously undermined by widespread failure to complete the orders.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 156Kb
Prison treatment in Scotland fails to impress
The first published findings from the national Scottish drug treatment evaluation highlighted the relative inadequacy and ineffectiveness of treatment inside as opposed to outside prison.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 106Kb
Methadone programme loosens up, increases capacity, patients do just as well
Canadian study documents what happens when you 'deregulate' methadone prescribing and permit greater patient choice in treatment and treatment goals. Result: room for more patients, less conflict and no decrease in effectiveness.
STUDY 2003 PDF file 148Kb
Arrest referral tackles drug-driven crime
Interim report of the first national evaluation suggests that voluntary arrest referral schemes in Britain reach many thousands of criminally active but previously untreated drug users and contribute to reductions in drug use and crime.
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