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Sensory approaches in inpatient psychiatric settings: innovative alternatives to seclusion & restraint.

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  • 1Department of Behavioral Services, Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, MA 01060, USA. tina@ot-innovations.com

Abstract

The national initiative to decrease the use of seclusion and restraint in psychiatric inpatient settings requires innovative methods to facilitate the processes of consumer self-organization, self-care, and positive change. Sensory-based approaches and multisensory rooms are valuable resources as cultures of care shift to become more responsive and collaborative. This article explores the importance and efficacy of trauma-informed approaches that are sensory supportive, address the individual needs of the person, and strengthen the therapeutic relationship.

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