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4. The Third Wave
About this Lecture
In this lecture, we think about the third wave of cognitive and behavioural psychotherapies, focusing in particular on: (i) the focus of second wave therapies on changing the content of negative thoughts, compared to the focus of third wave therapies on changing the relationship with those thoughts; (ii) the goal of a third wave therapy to ensure that negative thoughts have less of an impact on the individual, rather than necessarily going away entirely; (iii) mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), developed by Segal, Teasdale and Williams; (iv) acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and its focus on personal values; (v) an evaluation of ACT research which considers that, despite it abundance, the nature of it being thinly spread across a range of treatment conditions limits the potential impact of its results.
In this course, Dr Helen Bolderston (Bournemouth University) explores the three waves of cognitive and behavioural psychotherapy. In the first lecture, we think about the origins of cognitive therapy and behaviourist theory. In the second lecture, we think about the first wave of cognitive and behavioural psychotherapy, which focused on behaviourist views of learning and unlearning associations. In the third lecture, 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 lecture, we think about the real-world implications of the current state of third wave therapies.
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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Bolderston, H. (2022, May 31). Mental Health – The Third Wave - The Third Wave [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/mental-health-the-third-wave/the-third-wave
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