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Bridging the gap between physical health and mental health; innovative mind-body interventions within Health Psychology

Field, L (2021) Bridging the gap between physical health and mental health; innovative mind-body interventions within Health Psychology. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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This portfolio provides evidence submitted towards the fulfilment of the five competencies for the Health Psychology Doctorate. Whilst undertaking the Doctorate, a work placement as an Activity Coordinator for a private mental health hospital in the North West was undertaken. Behaviour Change Interventions (BCI): A face-to-face, one-to-one, stress management BCI was completed with a nurse at a private mental health clinic. Secondly, a six-week group BCI was delivered for staff at work who aspired to reduce or quit smoking. Consultancy: A case study was completed with a manager from a private Wellbeing clinic in the North West of England who requested a stress management training workshop. Teaching and Training: A smoking reduction training programme for the development of new applications and understanding in Health Psychology was completed at the work placement for inpatients at a private mental health hospital. A Teaching and Training Diary is also included that demonstrates the author’s development as a teacher/trainer. Research: Three research projects were completed for the portfolio. A systematic review was conducted which examined Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) intervention studies within a variety of psychiatric conditions. In addition, a quantitative and qualitative research project explored Heart Rate Variability (HRV) coherence interventions for individuals with Gastrointestinal Disorders (GID). A reflective commentary on all the three research projects is also provided. Professional skills: A reflective report is presented which validates skill development, meta-reflection, working with clients and respecting them, following ethical guidelines, laws and codes of conduct as a Health Psychologist in Training. An reflective diary is included which was maintained throughout the whole period of completing the course. Conclusions The one-to-one BCI showed ways to control high levels of burnout and compassion fatigue in healthcare professionals. The group BCI smoking reduction programme was very successful; having been trailed on one ward it was then successfully rolled out on two 5 additional wards. The research revealed some promising conclusions for the effectiveness of Heart Rate Variability interventions in the respect of both patients with gastrointestinal disorders, and within the psychiatric population, as evidenced from the systematic review.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heart rate variability, mind-body interventions, physical health, mental health, coherence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2021 11:46
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:14
DOI or Identification number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00014595
Supervisors: Forshaw, M and Poole, H
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14595

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