Treatment perspectives on interned mentally ill offenders in a forensic psychiatric center (FPC): a Delphi study on experts' opinions
The study aims to map the treatment perspectives of international experts on treating mentally ill offenders (MIO) in a forensic psychiatric centre (FPC) using the Delphi method. The four-round Delphi study reveals high conformity on the proposed treatment-related issues. However, some
points of divergence remain. Three controversies underpinning these disagreements are discussed. The first regards the treatment and control debate, the second concerns the dual role of assessment in forensic mental health care and the third describes potential entry conditions for treatment
in a FPC. Further research is needed to scientifically underpin the above mentioned debates. In this regard, the study suggests a close collaboration between practitioners and researchers.
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forensic psychiatric centre;
mentally ill offenders;
Document Type: Research Article
Faculty of Education, Health and Social Work, University College Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Department of Clinical and Life Course Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Houses of Justice, Federal Public Service of Justice, Brussels, Belgium
Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Counseling, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
January 2, 2014