Mental health work

This group focuses on mental health work across different contexts and forms of practice, such as specialized mental health care and mental health work in the municipal health and correctional services.

Research group leader

Karl Yngvar Dale E-mail: Phone: +4771214057

Range of work (local, national and international)


  • practice-related research in the region
  • participation of several members in major national and international projects.
  • collaborated in a project with HiM, NTNU, Oslo University Hospital and Ålesund Hospital using data from the Health Survey in Nord Trøndelag, HUNT.
  • entered into a cooperation agreement between Oslo University Hospital, the Center for Competence, Prison and Legal Psychiatry for the Southern Region (KPS) and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oslo.


Current research themes


• Risk assessment and violence prevention within

  • specialist services
  • municipal based practices and
  • correctional services
  • Hidden and open coercion in treatment relationships
  • Historical development of treatment relationships and the concept of the patient in mental health work
  • New roles and competence needs in municipal health services
  • Rehabilitation of highly resource-intensive patients
  • Health care management
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • The user as a central agent and participant
    • User involvement in local mental health work
    • Employee experiences of the user as a resource


Research Approaches


  • Prevalence studies
  • Efficacy studies
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Case studies
  • Validation studies (including MINI, HCR-20 v.3)
  • Qualitative exploration of clinical phenomena
  • Examination of relationships between phenomena, e.g.
    • "decompose" various clinical conditions
    • explore the characteristics of specific diagnostic groups


Local partners


  • ROR - the municipal network in mental health work and substance abuse
  • Clinic for mental health care, Helse Møre og Romsdal,
  • The Correctional Services in Møre og Romsdal (Hustad Prison, Free Care)
  • Sunnmøre police district
  • BUF Etat, Family Protection Office in Molde
  • The “HUS” group Møreforskning


National partners


  • Competence center for security, prison and law psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital, Vestre Viken HF.
  • Competence center for forensic psychiatry, Helse-Bergen
  • Faculty of Medicine NTNU


International partners


  • Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  • University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Bournemouth University, UK


Published Apr. 8, 2019 3:02 PM - Last modified Apr. 8, 2019 3:02 PM