Pilot study of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for trainee clinical psychologists


Rimes, K. A. and Wingrove, J., 2011. Pilot study of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for trainee clinical psychologists. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 39 (2), pp. 235-241.

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    Background: It is recommended that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) instructors should undertake MBCT themselves before teaching others. Aim: To investigate the impact of MBCT (modified for stress not depression) on trainee clinical psychologists. Method: Twenty trainees completed questionnaires pre- and post-MBCT. Results: There was a significant decrease in rumination, and increases in self-compassion and mindfulness. More frequent home practice was associated with larger decreases in stress, anxiety and rumination, and larger increases in empathic concern. Only first-year trainees showed a significant decrease in stress. Content analysis of written responses indicated that the most commonly reported effects were increased acceptance of thoughts/feelings (70%), increased understanding of what it is like to be a client (60%), greater awareness of thoughts/feelings/behaviours/bodily sensations (55%) and increased understanding of oneself and one's patterns of responding (55%). Participants reported increased metacognitive awareness and decentring in relation to negative thoughts. Eighty-five percent reported an impact on their clinical work by the end of the course. Conclusions: Trainee psychologists undergoing MBCT experienced many of the psychological processes/effects that they may eventually be helping to cultivate in clients using mindfulness interventions, and also benefits in their general clinical work.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsRimes, K. A.and Wingrove, J.
    Uncontrolled Keywordsrumination,clinical psychology,psychotherapy training,acceptance,mindfulness
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
    Publisher StatementRimes_BCP_2011_39_235.pdf: © British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2010
    ID Code23107


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