Date of this Version

5-14-2013

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Journal Article

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Pidgeon, A., Ford, L., & Klaassen, F. (2013). Evaluating the effectiveness of enhancing resilience in human sevice professionals using a retreat-based Mindfulness with Metta Training Program: A randomised control trial. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 1-10.

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© Copyright, Taylor Francis, 2013

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1465-3966

Abstract

This paper explores the feasibility of a brief Mindfulness with Metta Training Program (MMTP), targeting the enhancement of mindfulness and self-compassion in a retreat format, as a means of increasing resilience in human services professionals. In this randomised control trial, 44 human services professionals were randomly allocated either to a MMTP retreat group or to a control group. Following the MMTP intervention, no significant differences between the retreat and control groups were found on resilience, mindfulness and self-compassion variables. However, significant improvements were observed over time for the retreat group for mindfulness and self-compassion at one and four months and for resilience at four-months post MMTP intervention. The results of this pilot study show that MMTP in a retreat format is a promising method of increasing resilience, mindfulness and self-compassion in human services professionals.

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