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Prize Winning Research Presentation

Stephanie Petty and Michelle Potts from The Retreat won the prize for best research presentation at the recent Institute of Mental Health research day in Nottingham..

The presentation entitled 'Psychodynamic observation of emotion; a model for attachment-based care in dementia' focussed on a recent study carried out at The Retreat.

The study used the method of 'psychodynamic observation' to explore where emotion is in dementia care. We understand that emotions become stronger and more prevalent for people when they experience multiple losses and feel separate from familiar relationships, as in the experience of dementia and hospital care. Becoming tuned in to ways to communicate emotion without verbal language is vital. The study is informing a clinical model of dementia care that is based on relationships.

Slides from the presentation are now available in the information resources section of the website.

Amy Garner and Hayley Jones from The Retreat also presented some research entitled "What works: Life in a therapeutic community"