Outcomes of a 'Train the Trainers' Approach to an Acceptance Based Stress Intervention in a Specialist Challenging Behaviour Service

Smith, Mark P. and Gore, Nick J. (2012) Outcomes of a 'Train the Trainers' Approach to an Acceptance Based Stress Intervention in a Specialist Challenging Behaviour Service. International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 2 (1). pp. 39-48. ISSN 2047-0924. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background: The application of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) principles to occupational stress is a relatively recent development, and a pilot study by Noone and Hastings (2009) suggests it may be a helpful approach with staff in ID services. The aims of the present study were to replicate the workshop format developed by Noone and Hastings and to expand on this by training a group of 'ACT novices', recruited from the workforce, to deliver the training. Method and materials: A total of 72 staff working in specialist challenging behaviour services participated in one of six workshops (consisting of a whole day and a half-day follow-up six weeks later) which were staggered over a six-month period. A range of measures were used at five time points (two baseline measures, one post-intervention measure and two follow-up measures) to evaluate the outcome of the intervention. Results: There were significant improvements at different time points on the General Health Questionnaire, the Maslach Burnout Inventory (Depersonalisation sub scale); a number of sub scales on the Staff Stress Questionnaire and the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale. However, there were no significant changes in measures on Acceptance (Acceptance and Action Questionnaire); not, and Values (Support Staff Values Questionnaire), which are key ACT concepts. Conclusions: The findings compare well to prior studies in the area, particularly when considered within the context of a train the trainers model. However, complete support for an ACT model was not demonstrated which provides opportunities for further research in the field.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Nick Gore
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 13:29
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 11:26
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29692 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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