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Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS): An Observation Based Tool for Assessing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Competence

Muse, Kate ORCID:, McManus, F., Rakovshik, S. and Thwaites, R. (2016) Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS): An Observation Based Tool for Assessing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Competence. Psychological Assessment, 29 (5). pp. 542-555. ISSN Print: 1040-3590 Online: 1939-134X

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This paper outlines the development and psychometric evaluation of the Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS) rating scale. The ACCS aims to provide a novel assessment framework to deliver formative and summative feedback regarding therapists’ performance within observed cognitive-behavioural treatment sessions, and for therapists to rate and reflect on their own performance. Findings from three studies are outlined: 1) a feedback study (N = 66) examining content validity, face validity and usability, 2) a focus group (N = 9) evaluating usability and utility, and 3) an evaluation of the psychometric properties of the ACCS in ‘real world’ CBT training and routine clinical practice contexts. Results suggest that the ACCS has good face validity, content validity, and usability and provides a user-friendly tool that is useful for promoting self-reflection and providing formative feedback. Scores on both the self and assessor-rated versions of the ACCS demonstrate good internal consistency, inter-rater reliability, and discriminant validity. In addition, ACCS scores were found to be correlated with, but distinct from the Revised Cognitive Therapy Scale (CTS-R) and were comparable to CTS-R scores in terms of internal consistency and discriminant validity. Additionally, the ACCS may have advantages over the CTS-R in terms of inter-rater reliability of scores. The studies also provided insight into areas for refinement and a number of modifications were undertaken to improve the scale. In summary, the ACCS is an appropriate and useful measure of CBT competence that can be used to promote self-reflection and provide therapists with formative and summative feedback.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: competence, skill, assessment, training, cognitive-behavioural, CBT
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 11:19
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 11:21

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