• The effectiveness of a short cognitive behavioural training course on awareness, knowledge and transferability of competencies in clinical practice.

      Mitchell, Andrew E. P.; University of Chester (Wiley, 2015-09-21)
      PURPOSE: In this study we investigated the effects of training on knowledge acquisition and core competencies in CBT. DESIGN AND METHODS: Forty three students attended 15 half day, weekly sessions and were tested with the Cognitive Therapy Awareness Scale (CTAS) at weeks 1 and 15 in a before and after study. The students case studies were assessed with competencies items 7-12 on the Cognitive Rating Scale – Revised (CTS-R). FINDINGS: Improvements in the CTAS were modest. Key competencies on the CTS-R subscales at week 15 were also observed. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: CBT knowledge acquisition might improve patients’ outcomes through impact on competencies.
    • Resilience and mindfulness in nurse training on an undergraduate curriculum

      Mitchell, Andrew E P; University of Chester
      Purpose. The aim is to investigate what relationships exist between resilience and mindfulness in undergraduate nurse training and how these might contribute to well-being. Design and Methods. One hundred and six students participated in this cross-sectional study. Multivariate and bivariate procedures were utilized to assess the differences between students' demographics, academic resilience and mindfulness. Findings. The findings suggested that acceptance and attention within mindfulness were important for resilience. Students who had higher levels of academic resilience also had higher indexes of mindfulness. Practice Implications. A key implication is that learning and practice areas should ensure that well-being, mindfulness and resilience literacy are key issues for students in training. This is at a time when mental health support and staff retention are foremost in policymakers’ minds.