Strengthening Competence of Therapists-in-Training in the Treatment of Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis): Validation of the Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS)

Kühne, F, Lacki, F J, Muse, Kate ORCID: 0000-0001-5824-1841 and Weck, F (2019) Strengthening Competence of Therapists-in-Training in the Treatment of Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis): Validation of the Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS). Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 26 (3). pp. 319-327.

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Although the observation and assessment of psychotherapeutic competences is central to training, supervision, patient care, quality control, and life-long practice, structured instruments are used only occasionally. In the current study, an observation-based tool for the Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS) was translated into German and adapted, and its psychometric properties were pilot evaluated. Competence of therapists-in-training was assessed in a random sample of n = 30 videos on cognitive-behavioral therapy including patients diagnosed with hypochondriasis. Two of three raters independently assessed the competences demonstrated in the entire, active treatment sessions (n = 60). In our sample, internal consistency was excellent, and interrater reliability was good. Convergent validity (Cognitive Therapy Scale) and discriminant validity (Helping Alliance Questionnaire) were within the expected ranges. The ACCS total score did not significantly predict the reduction of symptoms of hypochondriasis, and a one-factorial structure of the instrument was found. By providing multiple opportunities for feedback, self-reflection and supervision, the ACCS may complement current tools for the assessment of psychotherapeutic competences and importantly, support competence-based training and supervision.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical psychology; adherence; assessment; psychotherapy; process research; skill; health anxiety; hypochondriasis; core CBT skills
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 10:59
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:04

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