‘When it goes well, it works fantastically’: motivations to train and their impact on the practice of CBT

Roscoe, Jason ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6088-1327 and Wilbraham, Susan ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8512-0041 (2024) ‘When it goes well, it works fantastically’: motivations to train and their impact on the practice of CBT. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 17 (6).

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Cognitive behavioural therapy training courses recruit individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds; however, little is known about the motivations of individuals to train in CBT, compared with other therapeutic modalities. Previous research has found that role transition generates multiple intrapersonal conflicts for trainees, therefore it is of interest to better understand the impact of motivational factors on the experience of learning and practising CBT. Forty-three qualified CBT practitioners completed an online questionnaire with the data analysed using a grounded theory approach. A core category of ‘Alignment with CBT’ was drawn from the data, characterised by two distinct groups of therapists – ‘CBT endorsers’ and ‘career enhancers’. A model was developed consisting of universal and group specific factors related to motivation. The findings add to the literature on the impact of therapist characteristics on CBT practice. Practical applications of the model for trainers and supervisors are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1754-470X
Departments: Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.
Depositing User: Susan Wilbraham
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2024 19:57
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2024 20:00
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7564


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