Training School 2017 – Patient and Carer Involvement and Participation in Long Term Forensic Care

What is the training school about?

The next upcoming training school for the IS1302 COST Action will primarily focus on patient and carer participation and involvement in long term forensic psychiatric care and how this can be realized without compromising risk factors.

In almost every country, long term forensic care is a necessary pathway. It is well understood that rehabilitating forensic patients is a process that takes time. The danger on the other hand is that forensic patients can get stuck in the system. Several causes of this ‘side effect’ can be determined: patient characteristics, quality of treatment or even the quality and availability of facilities with a lower level of security and/or aftercare, lack of patient involvement, etc. This is wat COST Action IS1302 focuses on.

Establishing the Risk Needs Responsivity principles is a must in forensic psychiatry. In Long Term Forensic Care, where the Risk and Needs can be countered in part by context, responsivity becomes fundamentally important. With a focus on Quality of Life, patient and carer participation and involvement should take into account responsivity factors. The focus of this training school will be patient participation, involvement of patients in long term care and how this can be realized without compromising risk factors.


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Field Trip – REMS Volterra

On October 28th the COST Action will visit the Residenze per la Esecuzione della Misura di Sicurezza (REMS) in Volterra.

The REMS are small-size residential facilities for maximal 20 patients and have been developed recently to better meet the needs of providing intensive and high quality mental healthcare under proper secure conditions.


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Field Trip – Unitat Hospitalització Psiquiátrica Penitenciària Brians I (UHPP)

The UHPP is the unit of reference for psychiatric patients of the prison population of Catalonia. It provides services to adults suffering from a mental illness who are subject to the closed prison regime. It is a unit with 67 beds divided into three departments with 24-hour emergency care: Acute Unit, Subacute Unit & Rehabilitation Unit.

For more information about the Unitat Hospitalizació Psiquiátrica Penitenciària Brians I (UHPP) click here [in Catalan].

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Nissi Beach

IS1302 4th MC & 3rd WG Meetings Cyprus

The program for the Field Trip, MC and WG Meetings in Cyprus will be as follows:


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

13.30-14.00 Registration (Main Conference Room of Nissi-Beach Resort)
14.00-18.00 MC Meeting (Main Conference Room)
19.30 Dinner (Details will be provided)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

8.00-9.15 Registration and Field Trip (Bus provided, more details soon)
14.00-14.40 Update presentation by Working Group 1 - Determination of patient characteristics
14.40-15.20 Update presentation by Working Group 2 - Best practice in long-term forensic psychiatric care
15.20-16.00 Update presentation by Working Group 3 - Meeting patient needs and optimizing quality of life
16.20-18.00 Working Group Meetings
19.30 Dinner (Details will be provided)

Friday, April 17, 2015

9.00-9.15 Registration (Main Conference Room)
9.15-10.00 Short Presentations (Main Conference Room)
10.15-12.45 Working Group Meetings
13.30-14.30 Report from Working Groups and Final Management Committee Meeting
14.30 End of Meeting



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