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April 2014
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Psychiatric Services

A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association Editor: Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Articles  |  April 1, 2014
Training Police to De-escalate Mental Health Crises

Since the 1980s, police officers in cities around the country have volunteered for crisis intervention team (CIT) training to gain skills needed to de-escalate situations involving people with serious mental illness. This study of nearly 600 Georgia police showed that officers who received CIT training felt more confident in deescalating such crises and in making appropriate referrals. CIT training not only improved officers’ skills and confidence, it also improved their attitudes toward people with mental illnesses.

Assessing the Evidence Base Series  |  April 1, 2014
Family, Consumer Psychoeducation Fosters Recovery

Family discouragement, overinvolvement, or high levels of expression of critical emotions can contribute to relapse among persons with serious mental illness, but the opposite seems true as well. When families participate in psychoeducation alone or with other families, they learn skills to help the consumer cope with his or her situation and support the consumer’s recovery. In this systematic literature review of family and consumer psychoeducation, the authors conclude that both interventions empower families and individuals to participate more actively in treatment.

Articles  |  April 1, 2014
A Recovery Measure With Staying Power

Although developed early in the recovery movement, the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) has proven to be an effective and reliable measure of the wide spectrum of recovery, including psychological well-being, positive illness outlook, higher levels of social participation and support, sense of belonging, and community participation. Researchers and policy makers can feel assured that the RAS reliably and validly measures recovery, which will further increase research in this critically important area.

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