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Micro-skills of group formulations in care settings

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Louisa Jackman, Amy Wood-Mitchell


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This study examines some of the micro-skills associated with the moment-to-moment decisions and actions involved in delivering group formulation sessions in dementia care settings. We discuss the therapeutic framework used by therapists from a number of Challenging Behaviour Services in the UK (Newcastle, Northumberland, South Tyneside, Teesside, Sutton and Merton, Northern Ireland) which is frequently referred to as the Newcastle or Colombo approach. Through a theoretical review and practice illustration, the study pays particular attention to the role of therapists’ questions and questioning styles in group formulation sessions, providing a framework which aims to facilitate care staffs’ understanding, reflection and empathy regarding their residents who are displaying ‘challenging behaviours’. The study also provides a potential guide to the training of therapists working in this area and thereby attempts to benefit clinical practices in an area where pharmacological approaches are usually the treatment of choice.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jackman LJ, Wood-Mitchell A, James IA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dementia

Year: 2014

Volume: 13

Issue: 1

Pages: 23-32

Print publication date: 01/01/2014

Online publication date: 21/05/2012

ISSN (print): 1471-3012

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2684

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/1471301212442463

PubMed id: 24381037


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