Online cognitive behavioural therapy training for therapists: outcomes, acceptability, and impact of support

Bennett-Levy, James, Hawkins, Russell, Perry, Helen, Cromarty, Paul, and Mills, Jeremy (2012) Online cognitive behavioural therapy training for therapists: outcomes, acceptability, and impact of support. Australian Psychologist, 47 (3). pp. 174-182.

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The objectives of the present study were to assess the effects of online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) training for therapists on measures of CBT knowledge, skills, confidence, and utilisation; to determine what differences might exist between a group supported by regular telephone contact and an independent group who undertook online training without additional support; and to determine the acceptability of CBT online training among rural and remote mental health professionals. Mental health practitioners were randomly allocated to a supported training group (six sessions of 15-min support) or an independent group. They undertook a 12-week online CBT training program. The two groups showed similar gains on an objective test of knowledge of CBT, and on self-report measures of knowledge, skills, confidence levels, and utilisation of skills. However, the supported training group had a significantly higher program completion rate than the independent group. Participants evaluated the program favourably. The results suggest that online CBT training represents a promising and cost-effective approach to training the mental health workforce, and may be particularly attractive for those who live in regional, rural, and remote communities. A challenge is to determine the most cost-effective ways to enhance program completion rates and trainee skills.

Item ID: 23620
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-9544
Keywords: CBT training; online CBT training; psychotherapy training; rural workforce; therapist skill development; therapist training
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 06:28
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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