Duke University Medical Center, InterCom
DAY UNIT FACILITIES OPEN AT DUKE
Recreational activities encourage patients
to enter into activities with one another.
The staff works as a closely-knit team, with daily staff meetings held usually after the
patients have gone home, or before the Day Unit opens. The meetings offer an excellent
learning experience for the younger staff members and provide a unified approach for
patient therapy. Pictured above are, left to right: Mrs. Jackie Hart, secretary-receptionist;
Miss Dorie Milner, occupational therapist; Mrs. Verna Sticht, coordinator; Dr. Ewald W.
Busse, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry; Dr. W. W. Spradlin, chief of the Day
Unit; and Miss Dorothy Riddle, psychology student. I’liotos by Bill Smith
Occupational therapy focuses on the ability
to cooperate with others in group projects,
rather than on the individual’s productive
Group discussion is very helpful in getting
the individual to realize that others have
problems similar to his own.
[Editor’s Note: In accordance with the policy of the Department of Psy
chiatry, there are no patients depicted in these photographs. All photo
graphs were posed for by Duke University Medical Center personnel, stu
dents, and members of the Day Unit staff.]
On February 1, the Duke University Medical Center Department of
Psychiatry opened its Day Unit facilities.
The facilities are located on the third floor of the Diap;nostie and Treat
ment Buildin" and include a large, attractively decorated livin" area witli
adjacent kitchen facilities, occupational therapy shop, and staff offices. They
are open five days a week, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Day Unit is a response to the needs of those individuals who
temporarily require a structured and suj)portive environment, but who have
the capacity and need to function part of the time in their family and com
The therapy program of the Day Unit is ba.sed upon the fundamental
concept that much of an individual’s self-esteem, confidence, and produc
tivity depend upon his ability to relate to other people in a socially acceptablc
way. The principal goal of the therapy program, therefore, is to help the
individual establish better techniques for interpersonal relationships.
To accomplish this goal, the Duke Day Unit provides a j)lan of treatment
which encourages the individual to assume responsibility for developing more
satisfactory means of relating to his family and other members of the com
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