The effectiveness of an ACT informed intervention for managing stress and improving therapist qualities in clinical psychology trainees

Stafford-Brown, Johanna and Pakenham, Kenneth I. (2012) The effectiveness of an ACT informed intervention for managing stress and improving therapist qualities in clinical psychology trainees. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68 6: 592-613. doi:10.1002/jclp.21844


Author Stafford-Brown, Johanna
Pakenham, Kenneth I.
Title The effectiveness of an ACT informed intervention for managing stress and improving therapist qualities in clinical psychology trainees
Journal name Journal of Clinical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9762
1097-4679
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jclp.21844
Volume 68
Issue 6
Start page 592
End page 613
Total pages 22
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives:
Clinical psychology trainees (CPTs) are vulnerable to high stress, which can adversely affect their personal and professional functioning. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a group acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) informed stress management intervention for CPTs.

Design:

Outcome measures were work-related stress, distress, life satisfaction, counseling self-efficacy, self-compassion, and therapeutic alliance. A cohort-controlled design, where an experimental group (n = 28) was compared with a waitlist control group (n = 28), was utilized, with a 10-week follow-up.

Results:
Group comparisons showed statistically significant intervention effects for the main outcome measures, which were maintained at follow-up. Mediational analyses showed that changes on most outcomes were mediated by ACT mindfulness and acceptance processes.

Conclusions:
Findings support the effectiveness of a group ACT program for CPTs regarding stress reduction and improving therapist qualities.
Keyword Acceptance and commitment therapy
Act
Mindfulness
Clinical psychology trainees
Stress
Stress management intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 4 May 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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