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Promotion of mindfulness in psychotherapists in training: Preliminary study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 April 2020

Ludwig Grepmair
Psychotherapeutic Teaching Institute, Regensburg, Germany
Ferdinand Mitterlehner
Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine, Inntalklinik, Simbach am Inn, Germany
Thomas Loew
Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, University Clinic, Regensburg, Germany
Marius Nickel*
Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Graz, Bad Aussee, Austria University Clinic for Psychiatry 1, PMU, Salzburg, Austria
*Corresponding author. Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Graz, Sommersbergseestr. 395, 8990 Bad Aussee, Austria. Tel.: +43 3622 521003203. E-mail address: (M. Nickel).
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This study examined whether the promotion of mindfulness in psychotherapists in training can influence the treatment results of their patients. The therapeutic course and treatment results of 196 inpatients, who were treated during a nine week period by nine psychotherapists in training, were compared: in the first phase of the study, the treatment group without (CG, historical control group, n = 55), and in the second phase the treatment group with, (MFG, n = 58) therapists who were currently practicing Zen meditation. The results of treatment were examined (according to the intent-to-treat principle) with the Session Questionnaire for General and Differential Individual Psychotherapy (STEP), the Questionnaire of Changes in Experience and Behaviour (VEV) and the Symptom Checklist (SCL-90-R), and showed significantly better results in the MFG.

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