Kevin Ann Huckshorn gives a preview of the presentation she’ll be delivering as a keynote speech at this year’s Restraint Reduction Conference. With a focus on the Six Core Strategies©, she’ll be examining how evidence-based practice can prevent conflict and violence in in-patient and residential settings.
My presentation will provide an overview of the only evidence-based model that has been proven to be effective in preventing the conflict and violence that can lead to the use of seclusion and/or restraint in in-patient. The model has been formally in an eight-state study in the US, from 2004 – 2009, including 43 facilities serving children, adolescents, adults and forensic-involved individuals in publicly-funded settings. This model has now been adopted widely in the US and several organisations have published on the success of implementing these six strategies.
The six strategies are:
- Leadership in organisational culture change.
- Using data to inform practice.
- Workforce development.
- Inclusion of families and peers.
- Specific reduction interventions (using risk assessment, trauma assessment, crisis planning, sensory modulation and customer services).
- Rigorous debriefing.
This session will review the use of this model, detailing commonly encountered obstacles and proving insight into how to resolve them.
Kevin Ann Huckshorn is Former Director of State for the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the State of Delaware. She’ll be delivering her keynote presentation on the morning of Thursday 12 November.