Integrating family-focused practice into routine addiction services

Hampson, Claire L. (2013). Integrating family-focused practice into routine addiction services. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis reports the evaluation of a training program aimed to promote a whole Organisation shift towards greater involvement of affected family members within addiction treatment and services. A two-phase quasi-experimental design integrating action research is described.

The Pilot phase involved two teams within the Organisation receiving a family-focused training and on-going supervision package. During this phase, the evaluation outcome measures were developed and pilot tested. Phase two then involved selecting two further teams at random to receive the training package (‘immediate’ training), whilst the two remaining teams served as a control and received the package following a delay (‘delayed’ training).

Staff who had received immediate training reported significant increases in positive attitudes towards family-focused practice, as well as increases in the proportion of family-focused practice in their daily routine work. Significant improvements in attitudes were, however, also evident in the absence of the training package during the delayed comparison group’s waiting period.

The study supports the use of an Organisational platform to implement change towards more family-focused addiction treatment. The results indicate that addiction services are capable of implementing family-focused practice, however, success depends on many factors at the level of the individual service provider, organization and outside environment.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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