Guided respiration mindfulness therapy: Development and evaluation of a brief therapist training program

Lalande, Lloyd, King, Robert, Bambling, Matthew, & Schweitzer, Robert D. (2016) Guided respiration mindfulness therapy: Development and evaluation of a brief therapist training program. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 46(2), pp. 107-116.

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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.

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ID Code: 95572
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Breathwork, Brief Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy Training, Respiration, Self-regulation, Treatment Development
DOI: 10.1007/s10879-015-9320-5
ISSN: 1573-3564
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York
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Deposited On: 16 May 2016 00:40
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2016 23:16

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