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Our "therapy" at our mental hospital consists of many, demeaning things. In the geriatric program "treatment hall", I've witnessed the patients making a "quilt"; this is accomplished by selecting various colored duct tape and putting on a large (36" x 36") piece of construction paper. It's supposed to be a time for socialization/teamwork, but several of them felt belittled by it. When I've pointed this out to supervisors, I'm told that most of the patients are NOT feeling belittled or offended by the task so the task continues. Other activities for these seniors consist of watching movies. The younger(20s-40s) patients also get to watch movies, play games, use watercolors to paint various pictures on construction paper. If the general public only knew how those tax dollars are being put to use!
I'd imagine that if you were to get additional training in psychotherapy through various institutes or if your NP program has good training in psychotherapy then yes. However, much like psychiatry in medicine, it seems as if NP programs are focused on medication management and those that want to learn the art of psychotherapy need to find additional training on their own. I suppose this is similar to other fields in nursing - I never learned how to be a critical care nurse in nursing school. I had to learn it after.