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Development and evaluation of acceptance and commitment therapy delivered by psychologists and non-psychologists in an NHS community adult mental health service: a preliminary analysis

Development and evaluation of acceptance and commitment therapy delivered by psychologists and non-psychologists in an NHS community adult mental health service: a preliminary analysis
Development and evaluation of acceptance and commitment therapy delivered by psychologists and non-psychologists in an NHS community adult mental health service: a preliminary analysis

Background: Previous studies have demonstrated that acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is effective for depression and may be useful for complex transdiagnostic clients. 

Aims: To conduct a preliminary evaluation of whether ACT is feasible and effective when delivered by psychologists and non-psychologists for complex clients in a National Health Service (NHS) community mental health service for adults. 

Method: Staff were trained in ACT and conducted one-to-one therapy with clients. Measures on general mental health, depression, fusion and values were given pre-therapy, post-therapy and at 3-month follow-up. Results: Standardized measures showed significant improvements post-therapy for global mental health, depression, cognitive fusion and values post-treatment. These were partially maintained at follow-up and remained after an intent-to-treat analysis. There were no differences in outcomes between psychologists and non-psychologists. 

Conclusions: ACT may be delivered effectively with limited training for complex cases in secondary care, though further research is needed.

ACT, adult mental health, depression, NHS
1352-4658
121-127
Richardson, Thomas
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Bell, Lorraine
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Bolderston, Helen
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Clarke, Sue
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Richardson, Thomas
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Bell, Lorraine
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Bolderston, Helen
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Clarke, Sue
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Richardson, Thomas, Bell, Lorraine, Bolderston, Helen and Clarke, Sue (2018) Development and evaluation of acceptance and commitment therapy delivered by psychologists and non-psychologists in an NHS community adult mental health service: a preliminary analysis. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 46 (1), 121-127. (doi:10.1017/S1352465817000285).

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Abstract

Background: Previous studies have demonstrated that acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is effective for depression and may be useful for complex transdiagnostic clients. 

Aims: To conduct a preliminary evaluation of whether ACT is feasible and effective when delivered by psychologists and non-psychologists for complex clients in a National Health Service (NHS) community mental health service for adults. 

Method: Staff were trained in ACT and conducted one-to-one therapy with clients. Measures on general mental health, depression, fusion and values were given pre-therapy, post-therapy and at 3-month follow-up. Results: Standardized measures showed significant improvements post-therapy for global mental health, depression, cognitive fusion and values post-treatment. These were partially maintained at follow-up and remained after an intent-to-treat analysis. There were no differences in outcomes between psychologists and non-psychologists. 

Conclusions: ACT may be delivered effectively with limited training for complex cases in secondary care, though further research is needed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 May 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 11 May 2017
Published date: 1 January 2018
Keywords: ACT, adult mental health, depression, NHS

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Local EPrints ID: 417483
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417483
ISSN: 1352-4658
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Author: Thomas Richardson
Author: Lorraine Bell
Author: Helen Bolderston
Author: Sue Clarke

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