Frederick W. Hickling
Frederick W. Hickling

Author

Pioneer Cultural Therapy

Psychiatric Research & Clinical Service

Executive Director CARIMENSA

Emeritus Professor

Frederick W. Hickling

Author

Pioneer Cultural Therapy

Psychiatric Research & Clinical Service

Executive Director CARIMENSA

Emeritus Professor

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Deinstitutionalization, Institutional Rehabilitation

November 16, 2018 Speech
Deinstitutionalization, Institutional Rehabilitation

Deinstitutionalization, Institutional Rehabilitation

  • Development of Community Psychiatric Services

Background

During his tenure at the Bellevue Hospital (the sole residential psychiatric facility in Jamaica), Professor Hickling instigated and facilitated the deinstitutionalization process through the training of psychiatrists and community psychiatric nurses as mental health officers, and the development of a Community Mental Health Service in the national primary and secondary care catchment facilities island wide.

Dr Fredrick Hickling

The intensive rehabilitative and deinstitutionalization programmes that were carried out at the hospital carefully reunited custodial patients with their families in the community.

This was coupled with novel radio psychiatry programmes and cultural therapy programmes within the hospital and across the island, which provided the requisite psychological deinstitutionalization preparation of the public for the integration process and the reduction of stigma towards the mentally ill.

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