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Brain Work Recursive Therapy (BWRT) for non-complex trauma

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Brain Work Recursive Therapy (BWRT) for non-complex trauma: A case series approach.



  • Contact name

    Hayley Rose

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    University of Lincoln

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    0 years, 8 months, 8 days

  • Research summary

    Brain Work Recursive Therapy (BWRT) is a new model of psychotherapy that is determinedly solution-focused, promoting rapid resolution of psychological distress. Although not yet subject to full scientific trials, it is currently being used by NHS Psychologists working with diverse conditions such as Posttraumatic Stress, and Depression. The effectiveness and efficiency reported by therapists and patients are so far unanimously positive. However, research is needed to further investigate these effects and better our understanding of why it works. This research aims to use a multiple single-case methodology:

    1. To examine the effects of a level 1 BWRT intervention on self-report and physiological measures of change in people experiencing non-complex trauma.

    2. To explore via qualitative data whether this intervention might be feasible and acceptable for this population.

    6-8 participants will be recruited from LPFT, Physical Health Psychology Service Chronic Fatigue Syndrome pathway. All participants will receive treatment as usual which is a 10 week psycho-educational group. Following the group, individuals who report further difficulties and are deemed suitable by the service’s Consultant Clinical Psychologist will be offered BWRT. Level 1 BWRT is thought to take 1-2 sessions to demonstrate sustained improvement.

    Participants will complete weekly and bi-weekly outcome measures for 2-3 weeks prior to commencing the BWRT intervention, and weekly measures from the intervention to the 1 month follow-up. A measure of Heartrate Variability will also be taken during the BWRT session(s) using a chest-strap and watch heartrate monitor that participants will attach themselves. At the 1 month follow-up participants will have an interview to discuss the BWRT outcomes which will be aided by cued qualitative questions/interview from session audio recordings. They will then receive a verbal and written debrief of the key findings. The battery of measures will be completed again once by participants at the 2 month follow-up.

  • REC name

    East of England - Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    17 Mar 2017

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion

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