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Psychological Therapy Options

Cheswold Park’s Care Plan Therapies Options

Cheswold’s team includes Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language
Therapists, Support Staff, Social Workers, a Teacher, a GP and a Practice Nurse.


Our team of professionals work with our patients to devise a plan of care and to outline the treatment and support
they receive. We review care plans regularly with our patients to ensure they receive the best possible level of care
at all times. Below you can see an overview of Cheswold Park’s interventions.

Psychology Therapy

Healthy Interactions, Behaviour and Sexuality (HIBS) ​
Life Minus Violence Enhanced (LMV-E)
Fire setting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIP-MO)
Schema Group therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT-Substance use
DBT ‘I can feel good’ (Adapted DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT for psychosis
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it
Thinking skills
STARCH (Substance programme)
Living with others skills

Life Minus Violence Enhanced (LMV-E):  The LMV-E programme is a cognitive behavioural package focused on reducing the risk of aggression in individuals who have a history of habitual aggression or violence. The course is broken down into 7 modules which are delivered over approximately 12 to 18 months.

Healthy Interactions, Behaviour and Sexuality (HIBS): is a bespoke self-change programme specifically designed for Cheswold Park Hospital by leading experts in the field of working with men who have committed sexual offences or sexually harmful behaviour.  This intervention is delivered over the duration of 12 to 24 months. 

Schema Group therapy:  is an integrative therapy, combining aspects of cognitive, behavioural, psychodynamic, attachment and Gestalt models.  It sees the cognitive and behavioural aspects as vital to treatment, as in standard CBT, but gives equal weight to emotional change, experiential techniques and the therapeutic relationship.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT):   is an evidence-based treatment therapy designed to help people suffering from mood disorders or personality disorder (Primarily Borderline Personality Disorder), as well as those who need to change patterns of behaviour that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse.

DBT-PTSD:  is a modular treatment which includes DBT principles, trauma focused cognitive and exposure based interventions and compassion focused therapy values.  It is focused upon reducing distress associated with previous traumatic experiences. 

DBT-Substance use: DBT-SU combines elements of the standard DBT programme with specific Distress tolerance skills for managing crisis related to addiction.  It requires the individual to commit to abstinence, completing and reviewing the abstinence plan on a regular basis while also planning for harm reduction should a lapse occur.

DBT ‘I can feel good’ (Adapted DBT):  is skills training for people with intellectual disabilities and problems managing emotions that help empower them to develop the skills they need to manage emotional distress and/or impulsive behaviour. 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR):  EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that was designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.  It is the recommended treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (NICE Guidelines 2005, 2011). 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that utilises a combination of cognitive and behavioural approaches. CBT provides a structured and systematic means for the formulation of personal meaning, emotions and behaviors that have led to or are maintaining an individual’s distress.

CBT for psychosis:  CBT for Psychosis is an evidence based treatment used to treat psychotic experiences such as hallucinations and delusions. The treatment is based upon the stress vulnerability model highlighting the interaction between biological vulnerability, stress and protective factors and their link to the development of psychiatric disorders.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:  ACT is a modern behavioural approach that incorporates acceptance and mindfulness to help people to disentangle from difficult thoughts and feelings in order to facilitate the engagement in behavioural patterns that are guided by personal values. ACT is focused upon changing ones relationship to internal experiences rather than altering the form or frequency of these experiences.

Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it (CALM):  is a programme which can help increase the person’s understanding of anger and other problematic emotions and increase their ability to control anger. The programme aims to improve the person’s emotional management and develop skills to enable them to react to anger without the use of aggression.  

Thinking skills:  This is a medium intensity programme with a CBT foundation.  It develops skills in cognitive reasoning, interpersonal problem solving, critical reasoning, social perspective taking, self management, impulsivity and egocentricity. 

STARCH (Substance programme):  is based on a CBT approach. The programme is suitable for patients who have a history of problematic substance use related to offending and/or symptoms of mental disorder.

The aim of the programme is to provide patients with a basic understanding of working with each other and developing tolerance Living with others skills:  of others’ behaviour. The course is aimed to be run on the ward in an informal way and includes the following session topics; listening, conversations, personal appearance, how we come across to others and communal living.

Fire setting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIP-MO):  The FIP-MO is a low-medium intensity treatment programme for inpatients whom may have intentionally set a fire or whom may pose a risk of intentional fire setting. The main aim of the programme is to increase the individuals understanding of the factors associated with their fire setting, and enable them to develop appropriate strategies for managing their fire setting risk.

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