Date of Paper

5-2013

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Mike Chovanec

Abstract

The topic of this research project is Attention and Interpretation Therapy (AIT), a mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction and increased resilience developed in 2009 by Dr. Amit Sood. The research question was: What is the impact of AIT on helping professionals? Eight qualitative interviews were conducted with licensed clinical social workers, counselors, and psychologists who have participated in six-month AIT courses. Grounded theory methodology and constant comparative analysis were used to analyze transcribed qualitative data. Seven major themes emerged, including gratitude, compassion, and acceptance; AIT principles; AIT and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); client impacts; practitioner use; less stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue; and community connectedness. These findings parallel those of other studies of mindfulness-based approaches and helping professionals, suggesting that AIT is an effective intervention for practitioners and clients. Findings unique to this study are discussed. Recommendations for further research and implications for social work practice and policy are also discussed.

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