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The faculty of addiction committee. Whitely, Christopher and Mitcheson, Luke and Hernan, Jan . (2013) The contribution of clinical psychologists to recovery-orientated drug and alcohol treatment systems. Leicester: The British Psychological Society. 20.

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This document, for service commissioners and service managers, describes the unique contribution of clinical psychologists to effective recovery-orientated drug and alcohol treatment systems. It details clinical psychologists’ extensive competences and how these can be deployed to enhance recovery outcomes for service users and their families. Drug and alcohol treatment services continue to face challenges to service delivery requiring substantial organisational and practice changes. Delivering more ambitious service user outcomes at a time of financial pressures calls for ever greater effectiveness from resources. Other drivers for change and innovation include:
incorporating new evidence-based interventions;
establishing robust clinical governance;
enhancing workforce competences;
involving service users more closely in decision making;
changes in patterns of substance use over time; and
building greater links to community resources.

With this context in mind, this document sets out how clinical psychologists contribute to the contemporary priorities of drug and alcohol treatment services.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:Psychosocial treatment method
Date:2013
Pages:20
Publisher:The British Psychological Society
Corporate Creators:The faculty of addiction committee
Place of Publication:Leicester
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Recovery
B Substances > Alcohol
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
T Demographic characteristics > Counsellor / Therapist
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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