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Mental Health – The Third Wave

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About the Course

This course, by Dr Helen Bolderston (Bournemouth University) explores the three waves of cognitive and behavioural psychotherapy. In the first module, we think about the origins of cognitive therapy and behaviourist theory. In the second module, we think about the first wave of cognitive and behavioural psychotherapy, which focused on behaviourist views of learning and unlearning associations. In the third module, we think about the second wave of psychotherapies, which centred around cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Next, we think about the third wave of psychotherapies which aims to improve upon CBT by including mindfulness and acceptance. In the fifth and final module, we think about the real-world implications of the current state of third wave therapies.

About the Lecturer

Dr Helen Bolderston is a senior lecturer in psychology in the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University. Dr Bolderston’s research interests lie in acceptance-based psychotherapies, processes implicated in the development and maintenance of mental health problems, and psychological wellbeing and burnout in health and social care students and professionals. Some of Dr Bolderston’s recent publications include Cognitive fusion as a candidate psychological vulnerability factor for psychosis: An experimental study of acute 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) intoxication (2021) and Resilience and surgeons: train the individual or change the system? (2020).

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