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Mindfulness Training and Practice for Effective Therapist Characteristics: A Meta-Synthesis Study

İ. Volkan Gülüm.

The aim of this study was to conduct a meta-synthesis about mental health workers’ and/or students’ experiences on mindfulness focused training and education. While doing that the aforementioned trainings’ and practices’ advantageous on providing an effective mental health service were also examined. A total of 12 qualitative studies which were focused on mental health workers’ mindfulness training and practice were included to meta-synthesis. Main themes obtained from the meta-synthesis were, general benefit, theoretical and conceptual changes, changes in personality-therapist identity, new skills-therapist. Empathy, compassion, increase in relationship skills, acceptance, handling better with session content and focusing were the categories those came to forefront among others. As a conclusion, mindfulness focused trainings and practices contribute to personal and professional life of the mental health workers.

Key words: Mindfulness, meta-synthesis, therapist training

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