Experiential reflective learning as a foundation for emotional resilience: An evaluation of contemplative emotional training in mental health workers
Anita Milicevic, Chisholm Institute, Australia ; Ivan Milton (Ven.Thupten Lekshe), Eastside Psychology, Australia ; Christina O’Loughlin, Chisholm Institute, Australia
International Journal of Educational Research Volume 80, Number 1, ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Health care workers in the Community Mental Health (MH) and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sectors face complex psychological issues that exact a heavy emotional toll. Burnout is a significant risk for these workers. Stress management, developing effective work practices and the implementation of burnout interventions are crucial in both engaging and retaining staff. The present study (non-randomized) investigates the effects of a targeted 6-week emotion regulation and mindfulness training program (CEB) in educators and mental health workers. Participants who completed CEB training (n=20) demonstrated a significant improvement in mindfulness and a significant increase in emotional awareness when compared to the control group (n=20). Assessments were made at baseline, directly after training (in CEB trained group only) and at 6 months post training completion. This change persisted at 6 months after completing the training. These results suggest that embedding CEB training within a higher education curriculum may have a long-term positive impact on students and health care workers planning to enter the MH & AOD sector. Further research is required.
Milicevic, A., Milton (Ven.Thupten Lekshe), I. & O’Loughlin, C. (2016). Experiential reflective learning as a foundation for emotional resilience: An evaluation of contemplative emotional training in mental health workers. International Journal of Educational Research, 80(1), 25-36. Elsevier Ltd.