What is a therapeutic ward atmosphere for patients with psychosis? Challenges in developing and maintaining such milieus.

Svein Friis
Anne Berit Eie Torbjørnsen
Jon Vidar Strømstad

The speakers are

Anne Berit Eie Torbjørnsen, Jon Vidar Strømstad and Svein Friis

They will focus on evaluation and development of treatment milieus.

  • What are the characteristics of a therapeutic milieu?
  • How can ward atmosphere be measured and used in systematic programs to develop and sustain therapeutic milieus?

Anne Berit Eie Torbjørnsen

  • is a psychiatric nurse. She has been working with the Ward Atmosphere Scale (WAS) since 2009.
  • As a head nurse she has been focused on the perspective of professional leadership and how it affects the therapeutic milieu in psychiatric wards.

Jon Vidar Strømstad

  • is a psychiatric nurse and assistant ward leader
  • He has also been working with WAS since 2009.
  • He is an experienced clinician and places himself in a psychodynamic tradition of ‘relational treatment’.

Svein Friis

  • is an emeritus professor of psychiatry
  • since 2014 he has been associate editor of Schizophrenia Bulletin.
  • He has comprehensive experience in evaluation of treatment programs and has used the Ward Atmosphere Scale since 1972.
  • His research has demonstrated the need for differentiation of therapeutic milieus, and the challenges in developing a therapeutic milieu.

He has been awarded Knight of the Royal St. Olav’s Order.