A randomised controlled pilot study of Experience Focused Counselling with voice hearers
Schnackenberg, Joachim; Fleming, Mick; Martin, Colin R.
Colin R. Martin
Background: There is a need for improved psychosocial interventions for distressed voice hearers.
Aims: To evaluate a novel approach to hearing voices: Experience Focused Counselling (EFC) aka Making Sense of Voices.
Study design and methods: Twelve voice hearers were randomly assigned to a 44-week EFC or Treatment As Usual intervention as part of a pilot study design.
Results: At the end of intervention, EFC showed clinically large treatment effect improvements on the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale – Expanded Version psychotic symptoms (Cohen’s d=1.6) and overall psychopathology domains (d=1.3), and the Psychotic Symptom Rating Scales voices (d=1) and delusions (aka non-shared reality) (d=1) scales. EFC voice hearers also felt more able to do first trauma disclosures (n=4) than TAU group voice hearer (n=1).
Discussion: EFC improvements may have been related to the focus on reducing voices-related distress. EFC holds some promise as a safe and effective intervention for voice hearers, with possible improvements in general psychopathology, psychosis, voices and non-shared reality (aka delusions)-related distress. This will need replicating in more powerful studies.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Jan 2, 2017|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Schnackenberg, J., Fleming, M., & Martin, C. R. (2017). A randomised controlled pilot study of Experience Focused Counselling with voice hearers. Psychosis, 9(1), 12-24. https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2016.1185452|
|Keywords||Experience focussed counselling; Hearing voices; Making sense of voices; Psychosis; Randomised controlled trial; Schizophrenia|
|Related Public URLs||http://collections.crest.ac.uk/14489/|
|Copyright Statement||©2018 University of Hull|
|Additional Information||Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline....cope&journalCode=rpsy20|
©2018 University of Hull
You might also like
Evaluation of a specialist perinatal mental health service