The Essen Climate Evaluation Schema - EssenCES©
Welcome to the web information on the questionnaire Essen CES©. The instrument was originally developed for assessing traits of the social and therapeutic atmosphere of forensic psychiatric wards in Germany. Meanwhile, it has been translated into a number of languages, and there are versions for the use in correctional settings. In a recent German project, its utility and psychometric properties have also been examined and largely confirmed on general psychiatric wards (Siess & Schalast, 2017).
The Essen CES© is an economic 15-item instrument (plus 2: item 1 and 17 are not scored). Climate dimensions measured are Therapeutic Hold, Patients’ Cohesion and Mutual Support and Experienced Safety (vs. threat of aggression and violence). The wording is slightly different in the correctional-setting-versions.
Scroll down to different language versions of the instrument.
- EssenCES© Basic Information (PDF-Datei, 45k)
- Copyright issues – Translating and publishing (PDF-Datei, 24k)
- Why use the questionnaire and assess the ward climate? (PDF-Datei, 23k)
- Occasionally asked questions (PDF-Datei, 45k)
- Publications refering to the EssenCES by August 2017 (PDF-Datei, 300k)
- Schalast Stockholm 2011 (PDF-Datei, 460k)
- The Norwegian version of the EssenCES has been slightly revised (Oct 2017).
- The “EssenCES – A manual and more”, edited by Norbert Schalast and Matthew Tonkin, can be ordered at Hogrefe Publishing.
- Printouts useful to work with the manual …
Form A to display climate assessments (quintiles)
Form B to display climate assessments (raw data)
A rundown of manual tables for interpreting climate scores
How to inform and instruct patients / clients to fill in the EssenCES?
Here you find a well thought out proposal in easy language:
How are things on your ward? Complete the EssenCES and let us know