2007 Seclusion & Restraint Reduction Conference
Austin, June 22, 2007
About the Conference
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health hosted a free, one-day conference in Austin on June 22, 2007, for facilities demonstrating a continuing commitment to prevent, reduce and eliminate their use of seclusion and restraint. The event was presented in collaboration with the Texas Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group.
“Implementing Seclusion and Restraint Reduction: Sharing the Experience” was designed as a follow-up to the foundation’s 2006 training institute. More than 100 participants attended the conference, representing 23 of the original 29 facilities represented at the 2006 training institute. Also in attendance were several state agencies, advocacy groups and consumers from across Texas.
The conference provided a forum for attendees to share their successes in reducing the use of seclusion and restraint at their facilities. A group of mental health consumers and family members led a session on the impact of consumer participation in furthering seclusion and restraint reduction efforts. To further explore the effects of seclusion and restraint use on mental health consumers, attendees viewed Behind Closed Doors, a film portraying four women who fought to overcome childhood abuse only to be retraumatized by being subjected to seclusion and restraint techniques while seeking help in psychiatric facilities.
Presenters Kevin Ann Huckshorn, National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s National Coordinating Center to Reduce and Eliminate the Use of Seclusion and Restraint, and Dr. Janice LeBel, Director of Program Management for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, provided advanced training sessions. Huckshorn offered helpful tools for reducing seclusion and restraint use through workforce development. LeBel supplied attendees with useful clinical materials on trauma-informed and person-centered care. They joined Aaryce Hayes, Mental Health Policy Specialist at Advocacy, Inc., to present an overview of recent seclusion and restraint developments in Texas, as well as on national and international fronts.
Training Materials and Presentations
- National/International Initiatives
- Texas Initiatives
- Senate Bill 325
- Federal Laws and Policies
- State of Texas Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion (STARS)
Customizing Care Using Best Practice Knowledge
- Ten Treatment Principles that Guide Trauma Systems Therapy
- Trauma Systems Therapy Treatment Fidelity Form
Featured Film: Behind Closed Doors
- Developmental Trauma Disorder: Towards a Rational Diagnosis for Children with Complex Trauma Histories
- Sensory Approaches in Inpatient Psychiatric Settings: Innovative Alternatives to Seclusion & Restraint, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 42 (9), 1-8
- Resource Guide: Developing Positive Cultures of Care