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There are well-timed behavioural rewards and endorsements built into the ward programme to encourage young people to keep on track. For example, after a session of education or group therapy there is always a break during which the young people have a drink and free time.

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The aim of the treatment programme is to help the young person make progress and move forward. But the first task is to try and create a thinking space that redefines for the patient what it means to be staying on the Unit. Gustavus Jones, S. (2007).

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There is a strong arts programme and many students often try learning a new instrument or experiment with new arts or craft skills.

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The ward has a daily programme which consists of therapeutic activities and education. Half of each day of the programme is dedicated to education.

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The service ensures that the Care Programme Approach is implemented and used for all young people and forms the structure of care planning. The CPA format and documentation used must be appropriate for use with young people.

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Young people have their own specific treatment programme, in an age-appropriate environment. They are helped to take responsibility for themselves and each other on a day to day basis.

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Videoing of family therapy meetings and having members of the team observing family work is an important evidenced-based aspect of the treatment programme.

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Within the programme, breaks are seen as therapeutic opportunities. They allow young people to take a break from cognitive effort, they provide an opportunity for exercise, fresh air and fun, and they offer an opportunity to develop negotiation and relationship-building skills.

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Visits from friends and family are very important. We have daily visiting times focused around the therapeutic programme but we can be flexible with these times if needed.

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The ward programme and structure encourages the development of interpersonal and group skills.

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