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Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Internet-based Training with Supervision to Active and Non-active Training Controls

Rakovshik, S., McManus, F., Vazquez-Montes, M., Muse, Kate and Ougrin, D. (2015) Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Internet-based Training with Supervision to Active and Non-active Training Controls. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. ISSN Print: 0022-006X Online: 1939-2117 (In Press)

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Objective: To investigate the effect of Internet-based training (IBT), with and without supervision, on therapists’ (N = 61) cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills in routine clinical practice. Method: Participants were randomized into three conditions: (1) Internet-based training with use of a consultation worksheet (IBT-CW), (2) Internet-based training with CBT supervision via Skype (IBT-S), and (3) ‘delayed-training’ control who did not receive the training until all data collection was completed (DT). The IBT conditions received access to training over a period of three months. CBT skills were evaluated at pre-, mid- and post- training / wait using assessor competence ratings of recorded therapy sessions. Results: Hierarchical linear analysis revealed that the IBT-S condition had significantly greater CBT competence at post training than IBT-CW and DT conditions at both the mid- and post-training/ wait assessment points. There were no significant differences between IBT-CW and the delayed (no)-training control (DT) conditions. Conclusions: IBT programs that include supervision may be a scalable and effective method of disseminating CBT into routine clinical practice, particularly for populations without ready access to more traditional ‘live’ methods of training. There was no evidence for a significant effect of IBT without supervision over a non-training control, suggesting that merely providing access to IBT programs may not be an effective method of disseminating CBT to routine clinical practice. Public Health Significance Statement: This study highlights the importance of providing supervision during an Internet-based CBT training program, particularly when therapists are applying newly acquired skills in routine clinical practice.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet-based training, clinical practice, CBT skills, cognitive behavioral therapy, therapists
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Kate Muse
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 14:34
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 14:31

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