Understanding the role of the therapist in trauma-focussed CBT treatments for children and young people

Grainger, Lauren (2021) Understanding the role of the therapist in trauma-focussed CBT treatments for children and young people. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

The aim of this research was to understand the role therapists play in the treatment of children and young people who have experienced trauma. The project looked firstly to understand whether the type of clinician delivering trauma focussed cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) impacts treatment outcomes for young people with PTSD. This was explored through a systematic review and meta-analysis which included 35 relevant studies. A synthesis of the literature provided a summary of the characteristics of therapists who are delivering TF-CBT to children and young people in clinical trials and the results of moderator analyses concluded that there were no significant differences in treatment outcomes between therapists of different professional backgrounds or education levels.
The current research also looked to understand the experiences of therapists delivering TF-CBT treatments for children and young people. This was explored through a qualitative project where 10 NHS clinicians were interviewed about their experiences of delivering cognitive therapy for PTSD
(CT-PTSD). Thematic analysis revealed four key topic domains relating to the research question: “the experience of being a trauma therapist”; “CT-PTSD treatment”; “supporting services to deliver CT-PTSD in the future” and “involvement in research”. The current research findings are discussed in relation to the evidence base, and recommendations for clinical practice and future research are explored.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Jackie Webb
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2021 16:06
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 11:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/82214
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