Family Group Conferencing—Its Added Value in Mental Health Care

Gert Schout*, Ellen Meijer, Gideon de Jong

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Abstract

Worldwide, there is a growing emphasis on reducing coercion and involving social networks in the care of mental health clients. Nurses should encourage their clients to regain control over their lives, preferably with less coercion and with help from their social network. During four years, a Dutch evaluation study was deployed to determine the applicability of mobilising help from social networks of people with psychiatric problems. Specifically the potential of Family Group Conferencing was examined. In this discursive article the question, ‘what Family Group Conferencing adds to the existing methods that aim to reduce coercion in mental health care and promote inclusion’ is addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-485
Number of pages6
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2017

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