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Enhancing Self-Practice/Self-Reflection (SP/SR) Approach to Cognitive Behaviour Training Through the Use of Reflective Blogs

  • Paul Farrand (a1), Jon Perry (a2) and Sue Linsley (a2)

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Background: Self-Practice/Self-Reflection (SP/SR) is increasingly beginning to feature as a central component of CBT training programmes (Bennett-Levy et al., 2001). Programmes including a reflective element, however, are not unproblematic and it has been documented that simply setting time aside for reflection does not necessarily result in trainees using such time to reflect. Such limitations may be overcome by including a requirement to post reflections on reflective blogs. Aim: To examine the effect that a requirement to contribute to a reflective blog had upon a SP/SR approach to CBT training. Method: A focus group methodology was adopted with data analyzed using a general inductive qualitative approach. Results: The requirement to use blogs to reflect upon the self-practice of CBT techniques enhanced SP/SR, established a learning community, and improved course supervision, although some technical difficulties arose. Conclusions: Consideration should be given towards using reflective blogs to support a SP/SR approach to CBT training. Benefits afforded by the use of reflective blogs further establish SP/SR as a valid and flexible training approach.

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Reprint requests to Paul Farrand, Mood Disorders Centre School of Psychology, Washington Singer Laboratories, Perry Road, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QG. E-mail: p.a.farrand@exeter.ac.uk

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Enhancing Self-Practice/Self-Reflection (SP/SR) Approach to Cognitive Behaviour Training Through the Use of Reflective Blogs

  • Paul Farrand (a1), Jon Perry (a2) and Sue Linsley (a2)
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