Positive Behavioral Supports for Managing Violence Risk in the Inpatient Forensic Setting
Violence and aggression in an inpatient forensic setting are relatively common behaviors that threaten the safety and well-being of patients and staff who care for them. Data suggest that most psychiatric staff , including nurses, psychiatrists, and direct care mental health workers, have been assaulted by a patient or verbally threatened at least once in their career. Violence has a number of signifi cant negative consequences including posttraumatic stress response in injured staff , staff burnout and turnover, lost wages, fi nancial costs to institutions due to loss of time from work by staff , and decreased eff ectiveness of treatment (Hallet, Huber, and Dickens 2014; Antonius et al. 2010; Pragnell 2009; Morrison and Love 2003; McCann and Ball 2000).