Mental health professionals face a high degree of burnout. This study aimed to explore the effectiveness of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (EMDR G-TEP) at reducing distress and burnout in staff working within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and if outcomes changed over number of sessions attended. Twenty-two staff attended and measures examining burnout and subjective distress ratings of the targeted memory were taken pre- and post-intervention and at one-month follow-up. 95.5% reported finding the sessions helpful. A statistically significant reduction was observed on total burnout and on personal and work-related subscales; and a significant improvement in subjective units of disturbance was also observed. There was no interaction between changes in burnout and number of sessions attended. EMDR G-TEP has the potential to offer a novel method to improve staff wellbeing within mental health settings. Further research is recommended.
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Pink, J., Ghomi, M., Smart, T., & Richardson, T. (2022). Effects of EMDR Group Traumatic Episode Protocol on Burnout Within IAPT Healthcare Professionals: A Feasibility and Acceptability Study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 16(4), 215–227. https://doi.org/10.1891/EMDR-2022-0029
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