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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2017) Alcohol Matrix cell C4: Management/supervision - psychosocial therapies. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings and the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium. 3 p.

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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.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:Education and training, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:March 2017
Pages:3 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings and the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects: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
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Provider / worker / staff attitude toward treatment
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training

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