Service user involvement in cognitive behavioural therapy training; an interpretive phenomenological analysis

Garwood, P. and Hassett, A. (2019) Service user involvement in cognitive behavioural therapy training; an interpretive phenomenological analysis. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. ISSN 1755-6228.

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Purpose: The last two decades have seen an increase in service user involvement (SUI) in the training of Mental Health Professionals (MHP). There is developing empirical support for SUI in MHP training, however, there is no published research into SUI in the training of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists. This study explores Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) trainees’ experience of SUI in their training. The study focuses on how an individual service user (SU) led training session is experienced and how this differs to routine CBT training.

Approach: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six participants. Transcripts of the interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

Findings: Data revealed three superordinate themes: 1; predisposing influences on learning, 2; factors associated with emotional processing of experience and 3; impact upon learning outcomes. The results suggest that participants’ appraisal of their learning from SUI maybe influenced by how they accommodate the emotional impact of the experience.

Value: The paper makes recommendations for educators on courses involving service users, acknowledges the study’s methodological limitations and suggests areas for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Service user; cognitive behavioural therapy; education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF075 Psychology. Practice
L Education
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Alex Hassett
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 10:08
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 14:30

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