“Sometimes What They Think is Helpful is Not Really Helpful”: Understanding Engagement in the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)

Miriam George, Jennifer I. Manuel, Megan E. Gandy-Guedes, Shenee McCray, Dina Negatu

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    Abstract

    This exploratory study recruited a purposive sample of twelve clinical staff from a Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team in central Virginia to understand the perceptions and experiences related to assertive engagement. The researchers coded the transcribed data initially as twenty-three sub-themes and further refined the data into four overarching themes: characteristics of assertive engagement, PACT engagement strategies and engagement strategies for difficult to engage clients. Further analysis emphasized that PACT team members emphasized the importance of the therapeutic relationship for engagement, which proves challenging for hard-to-engage clients.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)882-890
    Number of pages9
    JournalCommunity mental health journal
    Volume52
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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    Keywords

    • Assertive engagement
    • Difficult to engage clients
    • Engagement strategy
    • Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)
    • Therapeutic relationship

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    • Health(social science)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    “Sometimes What They Think is Helpful is Not Really Helpful” : Understanding Engagement in the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). / George, Miriam; Manuel, Jennifer I.; Gandy-Guedes, Megan E.; McCray, Shenee; Negatu, Dina.

    In: Community mental health journal, Vol. 52, No. 8, 01.11.2016, p. 882-890.

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    George, Miriam ; Manuel, Jennifer I. ; Gandy-Guedes, Megan E. ; McCray, Shenee ; Negatu, Dina. / “Sometimes What They Think is Helpful is Not Really Helpful” : Understanding Engagement in the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). In: Community mental health journal. 2016 ; Vol. 52, No. 8. pp. 882-890.
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