Peplau Ward – Men’s Medium Secure

Peplau Ward supports men in a medium secure and safe environment where people can receive specialist assessment and treatment alongside, if needed, intensive rehabilitation, which has Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) at its heart as the core therapy programme.

Peplau Ward can support individuals who may experience behaviours that are challenging, including self-harm or aggression. This can include individuals who might be considered a risk to others or who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Many service users in our medium secure services have experienced difficulties with substance misuse, legal highs and alcohol.

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The aim of our secure services is to help people learn how to manage their mental health and reinforce their daily living skills, to prepare them for life in a community setting, or in the least restrictive environment possible.

All wards at Cygnet Hospital Stevenage work closely together to provide a seamless secure care pathway for men and women. Working closely with NHS case managers and commissioners, we are able to provide solutions for service users requiring step-down service options both on-site at Cygnet Hospital Stevenage and across our national network of rehabilitation and specialist services.

Therapy Programme

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is our core therapy programme, and in 2017 we were delighted to be awarded an Association of Psychological Therapies (APT) Award for Excellence in DBT in recognition of the innovative ways we have overcome the challenges of delivering this complex therapy in a secure setting.

  • Group Therapy
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
    • Fire setting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIP-MO)
    • Substance Misuse Programme (SMU)
    • Sex Offender Treatment Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (SOTP-MO)
  • Individual Therapy
    • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Schema Focused Therapy
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

There are also drop-in clinics and weekly groups including fire setting, mental health awareness groups, a cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis programme, substance misuse support and offence related rehabilitation groups such as Reasoning and Rehabilitation.

Our Facilities:

  • Outdoor space
  • Social areas
  • ADL kitchen
  • Activity rooms
  • Vocational café
  • Large indoor gym hall
  • Multi-gym and outdoor football pitch

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