Guided Respiration Mindfulness Therapy: Development and Evaluation of a Brief Therapist Training Program

Lalande, Llyod, King, Robert, Bambling, Matthew and Schweitzer, Robert D. (2015) Guided Respiration Mindfulness Therapy: Development and Evaluation of a Brief Therapist Training Program. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 46 2: 1-10. doi:10.1007/s10879-015-9320-5

Author Lalande, Llyod
King, Robert
Bambling, Matthew
Schweitzer, Robert D.
Title Guided Respiration Mindfulness Therapy: Development and Evaluation of a Brief Therapist Training Program
Journal name Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-3564
Publication date 2015-11-30
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10879-015-9320-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject 3203 Clinical Psychology
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract The present paper describes the development and evaluation of a standardized multi-component therapist training program in guided respiration mindfulness therapy (GRMT). GMRT is a manual-based, experimental clinical intervention involving concentrated focus on sustained self-regulation of breathing, application of mindfulness to emergent somatic experience and relaxation. Therapists (n = 61) new to the approach attended a 2-day experiential workshop and were evaluated pre-post workshop for change in intervention knowledge, as well as change in mindfulness. These trainees also participated in post-workshop focus group sessions to explore perception of the intervention. A subset of 40 therapists participated in a second training component, and 14 of these were rated for competent delivery of the intervention during participation in a clinical trial. During training, therapists personally received the treatment giving the opportunity to assess treatment session (n = 283) impact on sense of wellbeing. Results indicated a brief focused training program can equip therapists with basic knowledge and skills required to deliver the standardized manual-based treatment. Qualitative analysis of focus group sessions showed that therapists endorsed the intervention for clinical use and found it personally beneficial. This research provides a foundation for further evaluation of clinical effectiveness of the intervention.
Keyword Breathwork
Brief psychotherapy
Psychotherapy training
Treatment development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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