Impact of Cbt on Recovery

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Discuss how the utilisation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy impacts upon an individual’s recovery and social inclusion. Introduction The need for psychological interventions in the treatment of psychosis is increasingly being acknowledged (Garety 2003). There are various reasons behind this trend. One is that while the use of medications in treating psychosis has been the mainstay of mental health treatment, an effective treatment outcome is not always guaranteed (Kane 2003). Secondly, while some people recover from positive symptoms of psychosis, the majority fail to recover from negative symptoms like hopelessness, low self-esteem, low confidence, feeling disempowered, and consequently remain socially excluded, unemployed, with poor social roles and with no hope for the future (Mathew et al. 2006, and Secker 2009). This means that a different approach is required to move away from traditional conceptualizations of recovery. The new recovery concept is already gaining momentum in many developed countries (Pilgrim 2008). This concept is by no means without its own critics. Questions have been raised about the evidence base and efficacy of this approach (Davidson and Roe 2007). This discussion aims to examine the impact of CBT interventions on an individual’s recovery and social inclusion. In UK, the government has increased focus on mental health issues by the funding initiatives such as the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme after recommendations by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (DoH 2010). In its programme, IAPT focuses on Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for treating depression and anxiety as first-line evidence-based treatment. This report will discuss the aims of CBT, its merits and limitations, and professional competencies required for effective delivery of CBT. CBT is a psychological therapy
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