The development of a learning module for youth care counsellors working with incarcerated youth

Spurvey, Roslyn (2016) The development of a learning module for youth care counsellors working with incarcerated youth. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background: A shift toward a rehabilitative model of care has prompted the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Centre to institute a policy restricting seclusion and restraint as a means of behavioural management. This policy has been received with skepticism by youth counsellors who use these methods to contain disruptive behaviours. Insufficient training in mental health has precipitated feelings of inadequacy as they feel ill-equipped to do their jobs. Purpose: The purpose of my practicum is to develop a mental health learning module for youth counsellors to reduce seclusion and restraint in youth corrections. Methods: A literature search illustrated what is known on the topic of seclusion and restraint in youth corrections. Consultation with stakeholders revealed staff attitudes regarding the policy and its operational impact. An environmental scan revealed the availability of other resources intended to address disruptive behaviours. Conclusion: The learning module is focused on mental illnesses to increase youth counsellors’ competency in managing disruptive behaviours while minimizing the use of seclusion and restraint.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
Item ID: 12101
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references. -- Final report of the Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum -- Practicum report submitted to the School of Nursing in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Nursing.
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: April 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Mental health counselors--In-service training; Youth--Mental health services; Psychiatric nursing
Medical Subject Heading: Mental Health Services; Inservice Training; Adolescent; Psychiatric Nursing

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