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New PhD research on Pre-Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy

posted Nov 9, 2020, 7:45 AM by Administrator pre-therapy.com   [ updated Nov 9, 2020, 7:50 AM ]

Person-centred therapy and pre-therapy for people who hear voices, have unusual experiences or psychotic processes: practitioner and client perceptions of helpful and unhelpful practice and perceived client changes

 

This study by Wendy Traynor (2018) set out to explore practitioner and client perceptions of helpful and unhelpful practice and perceived client changes in person-centred therapy and pre-therapy for people who hear voices, have unusual experiences or psychotic processes.

 

The study used a mixed method research strategy with three different studies:

  1. The first study involved semi-structured interviews with 20 person-centred practitioners working with clients with psychotic processes.
  2. The second study interviewed 20 adult clients (mid or post-therapy) who had self-identified as hearing voices, having other unusual experiences or psychotic processes using the Change Interview protocol.
  3. The third and final study consisted of a hermeneutic single case efficacy design study with a client who was experiencing psychotic processes and who received 22 sessions of person-centred therapy.

 The mixed method research strategy presented in this thesis was an attempt to uncover more information regarding helpful and unhelpful practices and changes in clients who experience psychotic processes.

 

Overall results raised themes regarding helpful or unhelpful practices and changes in clients, from the perspectives of both practitioners and clients. Results indicated that:

·      Most practitioners incorporated pre-therapy and contact work into practice, with positive and sometimes surprising results.

·      Practitioners saw person-centred values and the real relationship as important.

·      Unconditional positive regard (UPR) was the most critical condition named both by practitioners and clients in this client group, possibly because they often felt judged or diminished by those around them.

·      Helpful practices were associated with person-centred values.

·      Unhelpful factors included practices such as judgement and unwanted directivity, both of which deviated from the person-centred approach.

 

The main changes in all studies involved an increase in social abilities and positive sense of self, and an increase in specific aspects of wellbeing. There was some evidence of improvement in mood and reduction in unusual experiences. Studies two and three showed that most clients were evidently active agents in their own change process.

 

Limitations of the studies include the dual therapist-researcher relationship in the HSCED study, the homogeneity and small size of the samples, and concerns about data validity.

 

Results are promising and suggest that person-centred therapy can be effective for clients who experience psychotic processes, pointing to the need for further research.


You can read the abstract or download the full PhD research by visiting: https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.799160


Traynor, W. (2018). Person-centred therapy and pre-therapy for people who hear voices, have unusual experiences or psychotic processes: Practitioner and client perceptions of helpful and unhelpful practice and perceived client changes. University of Strathclyde. Retrieved from https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.799160 (Costless registration)


Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting 2020

posted Oct 3, 2020, 8:06 AM by Administrator pre-therapy.com   [ updated Oct 3, 2020, 8:28 AM ]

Dear friends and colleagues,

Due to the current situation, we have made the decision to take this year’s Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting online. We will therefore be holding the network meeting online on Saturday 21 November from 3pm-9pm (CET).

We are sorry to not be able to meet together in person this year but we hope this offers a chance for more of us to meet together online. We are very happy to announce the Jill Prouty intends to join us at this year's online meeting and we hope that our chosen timings make this online gathering open and available to a variety of different time zones.

We would love to hear your ideas for what you would either like to discuss, present or explore together. Below is a summary of the day and how to get involved.

Date: Saturday 21 November 2020

Time: 15:00-21:00 CET

Content: The day will be a mixture of plenary sessions and sessions formed from your requests or submissions, with the potential for parallel breakout discussion groups/topics depending on the number of participants.

 

Potential sessions could include:

o   Joint reflection about a topic or project

o   Intervision about client/work situation

o   Talk about the network

o   Presentation

o   Workshop

o   Talk about research or project


If there is anything that you would like to contribute we would love to hear from you.


Participation in the online network meeting is free to members and donation based for non-members, with the option to become a member for €35. We have decided to make it a voluntary donation for participating in the meeting as we want as many people to join us as possible.


Please do let us know if you would like to participate and what topics would interest you. We will try, where possible, to match interests in the programme. If you would like to attend this year’s online international network meeting, please register your interest here: PTIN 2020 Online Meeting Registration

 

Please do get in contact with us if you have any questions or feedback. If you would like to attend, please register by 5 November 2020.

We look forward to seeing you online on 21 November 2020.

Best wishes,

On behalf of the Pre-Therapy International Network

Dion Van Werde, Coordinator; Paul Dierick, Mathias De Keyser and Bea Segers, Belgian Board of the Pre-Therapy International Network; Judi Perry, Webmaster

Person-Centred Therapeutic Practitioner Perspectives on Using Pre-Therapy

posted Sep 28, 2020, 5:43 AM by Administrator pre-therapy.com   [ updated Sep 28, 2020, 5:48 AM ]

This study by Keir Ashcroft set out to answer the question 'What are Person-Centred practitioner perspectives on using Pre-Therapy within their practice?'. 

The study used a qualitative methodology and took a phenomenological approach to the research process. Semi-structured interviews were held with 5 participants, all qualified Person-Centred therapeutic practitioners, with data analysed using thematic analysis. 

Their research suggests that:
  • contact reflections can be useful in establishing psychological contact with clients 
  • this can be profoundly rewarding, allowing practitioners to engage with clients in ways that feel respectful and in-keeping with the Person-Centred approach
  • using Pre-Therapy can be an emotionally intense and demanding experience
  • Pre-Therapy has the potential to be used with an even wider range of clients
You can download and read the study in the attachment below.

Ashcroft, K. (2019). Person-Centred Therapeutic Practitioner Perspectives on Using Pre-Therapy. MA thesis: University of Cumbria. [MA in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy].

New article on Pre-Therapy

posted Sep 7, 2020, 7:25 AM by Administrator pre-therapy.com   [ updated Sep 7, 2020, 7:29 AM ]

A new article in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica titled ‘Les conditions nécessaires et suffiantes à la modification positive de la personnalité selon Carl Rogers intégrées à la pratique avec le patient souffrant de psychose’ is now available to read.  


Written by Emmanuelle Zech, Antoine Xhrouet and Benoît Gillain, the English translation is ‘Carl Rogers’ necessary and sufficient conditions for a positive personality modification among psychotic patients’ and the article includes both an English and Dutch translation of the summary.

 

This article explores Carl Rogers’ six necessary and sufficient conditions for psychotherapeutic change and the impact of deepening these conditions with patients suffering from psychosis, arguing that Roger's conditions are all the more fundamental given these patients' symptomatology.

 

The full reference can be found in our References section of the website and you can download and read the article by clicking here.

 

We welcome other links to publications on Pre-Therapy or your own research and writing on this topic. Please do get in contact with us if you want to share any other articles or research on Pre-Therapy.

Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting 2019 Report

posted Mar 2, 2020, 8:16 AM by Administrator pre-therapy.com   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 8:20 AM ]

A wonderful two days were spent in Gent back in October 2019 for the annual Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting. Please find attached a summary report from the meeting with the topics that were discussed, presentations given, and experiences shared. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and made the two days so inspiring, interesting and fulfilling. The dates for this year's network meeting are 20-21 November 2020 and we look forward to welcoming you then!


How do Person-Centred and Experiential Pre-Therapy practitioners experience offering unconditional positive regard to clients experiencing psychotic processes?

posted Nov 3, 2019, 11:48 PM by Administrator pre-therapy.com   [ updated Nov 4, 2019, 12:01 AM ]

This study by PTIN member Judi Perry provides new insights in the offering of 'unconditional positive regard'. The aims of the study were:
  • to gain a deeper understanding of PCE Pre-Therapy practitioners’ experiences of offering UPR when working with clients experiencing psychotic processes,
  • to identify any recurrent themes regarding UPR when utilising Pre-Therapy with this client group,
  • to add to the body of work on Pre-Therapy and shine a light on this under-researched approach.
Five semi-structured interviews were held with PCE Pre-Therapy practitioners from a range of countries and professional settings, utilising a descriptive phenomenological method to analyse
this data. Three main categories were discovered: theoretical, philosophical and experiential, with six sub-themes. These were then turned into an exhaustive description of the lived experience of PCE Pre-Therapy practitioners offering UPR to clients experiencing psychotic processes.

Download the paper or a presentation about the study.

Perry, J. (2019). Radical Acceptance. How do Person-Centred and Experiential Pre-Therapy practitioners experience offering unconditional positive regard to clients experiencing psychotic processes? A phenomenological study utilising the Duquesne method. Unpublished manuscript: Staffordshire University, The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. [Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy – Postgraduate Programme] Available from: http://www.pre-therapy.com/Judi%20Perry%20Pre-Therapy%20Research%20-%20Radical%20Acceptance.pdf

Concreet spiegelen en contactwerk

posted Oct 29, 2019, 6:58 AM by Administrator pre-therapy.com   [ updated Nov 3, 2019, 11:07 PM ]

book cover Persoonsgerichte therapie in de praktijk
Soms kom je onverwacht een publicatie tegen over contactwerk waarbij je jezelf afvraagt: hoe heb ik deze kunnen missen? Bijvoorbeeld een hoofdstuk in een boek, gepubliceerd dicht bij huis: Baljon, M. Pool, G., & Takens, R. J. (2015). Persoonsgerichte therapie in de praktijk. Emotiegericht, procesgericht, cliëntgericht. Amsterdam: Hogrefe.

In hoofdstuk 7, "Concreet spiegelen en contactwerk" geven Marijke Baljon en Marion Verkade veel voorbeelden van hoe je het werk van Prouty kunt toepassen bij cliënten die geheel of gedeeltelijk uit contact zijn, zoals onder andere bij mensen die psychotisch zijn, gedissocieerde cliënten of mensen met dementie.

Een korte recensie van het boek werd gepubliceerd in het Tijdschrift voor Persoonsgerichte Experiëntiële Psychotherapie (TPeP).

Baljon, M., & Verkade, M. (2015). Concreet spiegelen en contactwerk. In M. Baljon, G. Pool & R. J. Takens (Eds). Persoonsgerichte therapie in de praktijk. Emotiegericht, procesgericht, cliëntgericht (pp. 103-118). Amsterdam: Hogrefe.

2019 Pre-Therapy International Network Meeting

posted Jul 9, 2019, 12:19 PM by Administrator pre-therapy.com   [ updated Sep 4, 2019, 1:48 AM by Mathias Dekeyser ]

Please register here.-

Dear friends and colleagues,

The meeting will take place  Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th  of October, 2019.

As usual, the place to go to is the KARUS psychiatric hospital - campus Gent, located in the village of 9051 Sint-DenijsWestrem, Beukenlaan 20. This small town is situated at the edge of Gent, Belgium. The hospital is there, where we always did the network meetings, and was formerly known as "Sint-Camillus Psychiatric Hospital".

As usual, we start on Friday at 12h with lunch in the cafetaria. The meeting then goes on from about 13h till 17h. Afterwards we go into the town of Gent for dinner.

The following day, we start at about 8h30 and meet till about 16h.

The meeting is very casual and informal. It is meant as a kind of platform for people interested in Pre-Therpy, to share and discuss experiences, questions, projects, research and organisational things. There is room for intervision, presentations and role playing. We decide upon our own agenda, depending on who wants what and how. It would be nice if you prepare something to tell us who you are, what your connection with Pre-Therapy is, and what you offer and would like to get from this year's meeting.

Probably there will be people speaking different languages. Util now, this has never been a problem, since several people master several languages and translation can be taken care of, if wanted or needed.

A mail will be sent out on the discussion list with the costs involved and how to register. 
We anyhow try to keep costs at a minimum. 
Being a member of the Network gives you a discount.

So, get your calendar out, and start organising your trip to participate, engage, and thus contribute to the deepening, translation and spreading of Pre-Therapy, and help to bring it to the people who really need it.

Garry died 10 years ago, and we really want to make this network meeting a memorable event !

Hope to see you soon!

Dion - coordinator of the Pre-Therapy International Network - on behalf of the Belgian staff Bea Segers, Matthias Dekeyser, Paul Dierick and Jean-Marc Priels.

In attach you find a report of the 2018 meeting.

Please register here. -

Marlis Pörtner's handbooks translated into French

posted Oct 23, 2018, 2:27 AM by Mathias Dekeyser

Three major books about Pre-Therapy and Contact Work are now translated into french:
  • Prouty, G., Van Werde, D. & Pörtner, M. (2017). La Pré-thérapie. Le travail de contact dans l’Approche centrée sur la personne. (O. Zeller, Trad.) : Lyon, France: Chronique Sociale.
  • Pörtner, M. (2010). Ecouter. Comprendre. Encourager. L'approche centrée sur la personne dans l'accompagnement de personnes ayant un handicap mental et de personnes dépendantes. (O. Zeller, Trans.) Lyon: Chronique Sociales.
  • Pörtner, M. (2012). Accompagnement des personnes âgées avec l’Approche centrée sur la personne. (O. Zeller, Trad.) Lyon, France: Chonique Sociale.
More information can be found on the website of Chronique Social. 

Personzentrierte Psychotherapie bei eingeschränkten Kontaktfunktionen

posted Sep 5, 2018, 7:27 AM by Mathias Dekeyser

Momente der Begegnung durch Prä-Therapie und Klang

book cover
In der Personzentrierten Psychotherapie gibt es die von Garry Prouty entwickelte Methode der Prä-Therapie. Mit ihrer Anwendung können besondere Augenblicke von Beziehungserfahrung auch mit stark kontakteingeschränkten Menschen, die als „nicht therapiefähig“ gelten, erfahrbar werden – eine Möglichkeit, auch Menschen mit schwerer geistiger Behinderung, Demenz oder langjährig hospitalisierte, chronische Psychiatriepatienten zu erreichen. Nach einer Einführung in Grenzbereiche reduzierter Wahrnehmung wird anhand von ausführlichen Fallberichten die Umsetzung der Prä-Therapeutischen Konzepte in die Praxis erläutert. Es werden außerdem Möglichkeiten aufgezeigt, auch mit Methoden der Klangtherapie auf nonverbalem Weg „in Kontakt“ zu kommen – und Kontakt ist laut Rogers die Voraussetzung für einen Begegnungsmoment. Die außergewöhnlichen Momente des „in-Kontakt-Seins“ werden aus personzentrierter Perspektive diskutiert, wobei besonderes Augenmerk gelegt wird auf die Themen: Aktualisierungstendenz, Empathie, Resonanz und dialogische Komponente. Ein roter Faden dieser Abhandlung ist die zentrale Frage: wo beginnt Psychotherapie?

Langner, L. (2017). Personzentrierte Psychotherapie bei eingeschränkten Kontaktfunktionen. Momente der Begegnung durch Prä-Therapie und Klang. Saarbrücken: AV Akademikerverlag.

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