A randomised controlled pilot study of Experience Focused Counselling with voice hearers
Schnackenberg, Joachim; Fleming, Mick; Martin, Colin R.
Melissa Fleming M.Fleming@napier.ac.uk
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 nonshared 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.
Schnackenberg, J., Fleming, M., & Martin, C. R. (2017). A randomised controlled pilot study of Experience Focused Counselling with voice hearers. Psychosis, 9(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2016.1185452
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Apr 29, 2016|
|Online Publication Date||Jul 5, 2016|
|Publication Date||Jan 17, 2017|
|Deposit Date||Jan 30, 2017|
|Publicly Available Date||Jul 6, 2017|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Experience focussed counselling, hearing voices, making sense of voices, psychosis, randomised controlled trial, schizophrenia|
A randomised controlled pilot study of experience focussed counselling with voice hearers
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychosis on 05/07/2016 available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2016.1185452.
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