Virtual Patients as Mindtools: Developing Positive Psychological Capital to Enhance Thinking Skills in Brief Mental Health Assessment for Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Project: Research

Project Details


The study is investigating two main areas: psychological capital and the development of thinking skills in trainee PWPs. This part of the research investigates the impact of the traditional PWP training on PsyCap and thinking skills.
1) Psychological Capital (PsyCap) (Luthans et al., 2007) is a state like core construct that is an amalgamation of four positive psychological resources: hope, efficacy, resilience, and optimism. The aim of this study is to determine the impact of the PWP training on PsyCap. The results will inform learning and teaching activities on the course.
2) The second part of the study investigates whether the PWP training, and PsyCap, influences the development of trainee PWP thinking skills. Using a technique developed by Ericsson and Simon’s (1984) Protocol Analysis research, the researcher will record cognitions as they are being spoken aloud by the participant. These will then be coded using Marzano’s taxonomy (Marzano and Kendall, 2007).

Layman's description

The use of virtual patients to enhance thinking skills in trainee psychological wellbeing practitioners.
Effective start/end date1/08/2031/08/24


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