The recognition of burnout amongst staff working within mental health services is not a new concept. Yet the ability to support the mental wellbeing of our staff has been limited and variable in nature dependent upon the service in which they work. In 2015, a large mental health trust in the North East of England recognised the mental health needs of staff given the growing numbers of sickness absence relating to work related stress, anxiety and depression. In response, the Trust agreed to pilot an Employee Psychology Service, to provide staff access to clinical psychologists and psychological therapies, with an aim of supporting staff experiencing work related stress. The following article is a reflection upon how Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) can be used in such a service, to offer therapy individually to staff members as well as with staff teams within the wider organisation. This article reports significant differences in pre and post outcome measures from a small sample size (n=15) of staff clients; as well as qualitative quotes recognising the value of using CAT in organisations.
|Journal||International Journal of CAT & RMH|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Dec 2019|