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Developing and evaluating interventions for women firesetters in high secure mental healthcare

Annesley, Phyllis; Davison, Leonie; Colley, Chris; Gilley, Liz; Thomson, Louise

Authors

Phyllis Annesley

Leonie Davison

Chris Colley

Liz Gilley



Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the implementation and evaluation of interventions for women firesetters in high secure mental healthcare at the UK’s National Women’s Service.
Design/methodology/approach

Two types of Arson treatment programmes for women, one delivered to individuals, the other within a group context, were developed, delivered and evaluated. The evaluation incorporated qualitative and quantitative data, including psychometric measures. Qualitative data were analysed using thematic analysis.
Findings

The evaluation evidenced very high engagement with and attendance at treatment programmes, and several post-treatment gains. Participants’ ratings of programmes and qualitative feedback were similarly very positive. The study demonstrated that engaging women firesetters in their treatment is paramount and can be facilitated by consistent boundaries around therapy provision balanced with sensitivity, empathy and flexibility; providing interactive and varied teaching methods; ongoing service user involvement and recognising participants’ achievements; employing a mixed cognitive analytic therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy therapeutic approach; having input from fire service staff; and maintaining organisational support for firesetting interventions.
Practical implications

In all, 12 key recommendations are made for clinicians considering offering treatment programmes for women firesetters.
Originality/value

Amid few published papers on treating women firesetters this paper guides forensic clinicians in establishing and delivering interventions for women firesetters.

Citation

Annesley, P., Davison, L., Colley, C., Gilley, L., & Thomson, L. (2017). Developing and evaluating interventions for women firesetters in high secure mental healthcare. Journal of Forensic Practice, 19(1), https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-12-2015-0054

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 29, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 6, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 6, 2017
Journal Journal of Forensic Practice
Print ISSN 2050-8794
Electronic ISSN 2050-8794
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-12-2015-0054
Keywords arson treatment; firesetting; high secure; treatment delivery; mental health; united kingdom
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45463
Publisher URL http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/JFP-12-2015-0054
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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