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, 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
0022-0116
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
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
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
Mindfulness
Psychotherapy training
Respiration
Self-regulation
Treatment development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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