As victims or perpetrators, mental health patients are vulnerable to the risks associated with violence and aggressive behaviour. In inpatient environments in particular, violence and aggressive behaviour create a significant safety risk for staff, other people, and the person exhibiting the behaviour.
All interventions should first ensure the personal safety of staff and the person, followed by attempts to de-escalate the behaviour using calm talk-down approaches. In all instances, prevention includes environment-of-care considerations, proper training for all staff, and an empathetic and understanding care culture.
This module will teach you:
Which individual and environmental factors may contribute to the risk of violence and aggressive behaviours among persons with mental illness
Why least-restraint approaches should be the framework within which intervention and treatment should be developed
How to identify risk factors for violence and aggression using risk assessment tools
What information to use for treatment planning and intervention
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