Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
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In carrying out penal measures fixed by the courts, mentally ill offenders are treated in accordance with para. 126a of the Code of Criminal Procedure and paras. 63 and 64 of the Criminal Code.
In accordance with the prescriptions of the Baden-Württemberg ministry of justice, the department serves the court districts of Konstanz and Waldshut, but under special conditions we accept patients from anywhere in Germany.
The department consists of
- the admissions ward for emergency and social-psychiatrically oriented treatment according to the basic principles of general psychiatric intensive and standard treatment;
- the forensic psychotherapy ward for fully and partially stationary as well as out-patient psychotherapies of psychotic offenders and those with personality disturbances. This functions on the lines of a therapeutic collective on the group-analytic model;
- the forensic addiction ward for the treatment of substance-dependent offenders. This works with a high-frequency group psychotherapy and intensive work and leisure-time training, on the principles of a therapeutic collective in treatment of addiction.
- the forensic therapeutic ward for psychoses patients with emphasis in consideration of social aspects.
The task set by the law to secure and improve the condition of the patients under our care leads us to work closely with therapists, social workers, and nurses to create a milieu as healthy and challenging as possible¾where destructive impulses are talked about openly but prohibited on the behavioural level. In practice this involves among other things group and individual psychotherapy, individual training in social relations, and individual counselling by social workers as well as a strongly individualised ergo- and work therapy.
On ward 51 (addiction) points of emphasis are leisure time training, including water sports using boats put together by patients themselves, and climbing; for this purpose staff members put on teaching and practice sessions with physical education students from the University of Konstanz. On ward 71 (forensic psychotherapy) special nursing care and individual psychotherapy are accompanied by intensive case-related research together with the University for Applied Science at Esslingen and the University of Ulm.