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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2018) Alcohol treatment matrix cell C4: Management/supervision - psychosocial therapies. Drug and Alcohol Findings Alcohol Treatment Matrix .

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The Alcohol Treatment Matrix is concerned with the treatment of alcohol-related problems among adults (another deals with drug-related problems). It maps the treatment universe and for each sub-territory (a cell) lists the most important UK-relevant research and guidance. Across the top, columns move from specific interventions through how their impacts are affected by the widening contexts of practitioners, management, the organisation, and whole local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels. Inside each cell is our pick of the most important documents relevant to the impact of that intervention type at that contextual level. 

What is cell C4 about?

About managing services which deliver psychosocial therapies for the treatment of alcohol dependence. Every treatment has psychosocial dimensions and involves interaction between human beings, even those based on medication or delivered via computers. However, this cell is about approaches in which interaction is intended to be the main active ingredient, the psychosocial approaches which are the mainstays of specialist alcohol treatment in Britain. These range in form from brief advice and counselling to extended outpatient therapies and all-embracing residential communities where clients stay for months.

The content and rationale of these therapies and the qualities of the staff delivering them matter of course, but so too do the management functions of selecting, training and managing staff, and managing the intervention programme, including how a service decides treatment goals and which patients are offered which therapies. In highly controlled studies, it may be possible to divorce the impact of interventions from the management of the service delivering them, but in everyday practice, whether interventions get adopted and adequately implemented, and whether staff are able to develop, maintain and improve competence, depend on management and supervision. These dimensions are the focus of the current cell.

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