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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Psychic trauma-Treatment, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Trauma, Mindfulness


This project was undertaken to explore how clinicians use mindfulness as an adjunct to trauma treatment. Data collection for this exploratory study consisted of hour long, face-to-face interviews or telephone interviews with a qualitative, flexible method of data inquiry. Eleven experienced clinicians from a variety of mental health disciplines whose practice of psychotherapy was informed by mindfulness training participated in the study which was designed to collect their perspectives about mindfulness practice. This study examined therapist perceptions of the effectiveness and contraindications of mindfulness, and their application of mindfulness in sessions through the use of case samples. Major findings of this study revealed noteworthy benefits of mindfulness as an adjunct to trauma treatment. Participants reported significant positive changes across all aspects of investigation for the study including reduction of trauma related symptoms and improvement in therapeutic relationship, as well as use of mindfulness to reduce overstimulation, dissociation, and confusion over locus of control. In addition, findings identified several reasons clinicians seek training in mindfulness.




iii, 76 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 64-67).