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Title: Therapeutic processes in transdiagnostic acceptance and commitment therapy groups
Author: Shaw, H.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7652 1283
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2018
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is transdiagnostic therapy, found to be effective for both mental and physical health conditions. To date, much of the research has focused on evaluating ACT groups within single health conditions. This study used a grounded theory methodology to develop an understanding of the therapeutic processes within liaison psychiatry ACT groups where individuals present with long-term physical health conditions (LTCs) and accompanying psychological difficulties. Interview data from thirteen participants who had either attended or facilitated these groups was analysed. In line with the methodology, data analysis ran concurrent to data collection. As categories emerged theoretical sampling was used to facilitate the generation of a theory. This grounded theory model presents an explanatory framework of 'the individual journey through a transdiagnostic ACT group'. The theory suggests a combination of group processes and ACT processes enabled learning, which led to increased awareness. Learning extended beyond the group setting, but change was only maintained for some post group, with expectations and relationships to ACT appearing to influence longer term gains. In conclusion, participants appeared to gain more therapeutically if they had low expectations and connected with values-based action. Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy