Saturday, April 4, 2015

Boundaries in Forensic Mental Health

I recently ordered the book Professional and Therapeutic Boundaries in Forensic Mental Health Practice, edited by Anne Aiyebusi, to use at work. It is written from a nursing standpoint, but most of the literature is relevant to any disciplines working with a forensic population. During a recent supervision session, I read some scenarios from the book and asked everyone how they would handle the situations. This provided staff with the opportunity to think about how they might respond, and it brought up similar situations that had happened to them in the past, which we discussed. The book contains helpful and thought provoking information, and serves as an important reminder to attend to our boundaries with patients who can be highly charming and manipulative.