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Workplace Counselling - it works!

posted 26 Mar 2012, 01:25 by Christine Schneider   [ updated 31 Mar 2012, 06:47 ]
A study carried out the the University of Cambridge has presented clear evidence that work place counselling provides real and lasting benefits to employees. The results show that the well being of employees who had received counselling through their workplace improved measurably after an average of seven counselling sessions. What's even more encouraging is that improvement was still maintained six months after the counselling sessions. The study was awarded a BACP Excellence Award 2011 and the results will be presented at the 2012 BACP Research Conference in Edinburgh in May of this year. A copy of the abstract, giving you the key findings can be found below. You can access the full article for a limited amount of time here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14733145.2011.638080


Abstract:
Jill Collins, Alison Gibson, Sarah Parkin, Rosemary Parkinson, Diana Shave & Colin Dyer (2012):

Counselling in the workplace: How time-limited counselling can effect change in well-being, Counselling and Psychotherapy
Research: Linking research with practice, DOI:10.1080/14733145.2011.638080


Background: Many employers provide counselling support on work and personal issues for their employees, but in times of economic pressure such services can be at risk if their effectiveness is not demonstrated. Aim: To evaluate whether time limited counselling in a workplace can effect sustained change in well-being. Method: The study was carried out by a staff counselling team in a university setting. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) was completed by clients at the beginning and end of counselling, and at three and six months following. A non-treatment comparison group
completed the survey at the same intervals. Results: The results of our investigation show clearly that the effect of time limited counselling (average seven sessions) on distressed clients is positive. The evidence of our treatment group suggests that they acquire an increased sense of well-being as a result of the experience of counselling with a significant statistical difference between pre-and post-counselling treatment group scores on the WEMWBS and consistently higher scores found post counselling. The improvement was maintained at the same level for at least six months following the end of counselling. Conclusions: The provision of time-limited counselling by employers is an effective support for personal difficulties affecting work.
Jill Collins, Alison Gibson, Sarah Parkin, Rosemary Parkinson, Diana Shave & Colin Dyer (2012):
Counselling in the workplace: How time-limited counselling can effect change in well-being, Counselling and Psychotherapy
Research: Linking research with practice, DOI:10.1080/14733145.2011.638080