Translated article:Theory-Practice Networks for Training in Behavioral Therapy: Training, Self-Discovery and Integration into Treatment Using Mindfulness as an Example

<div>Background: The modules that make up theoretical and practical</div><div>training in behavioral therapy often bear little relationship to</div><div>one another. Training, practice intervals, and integration into relevant</div><div>therapeutic interventions need to be interlinked more</div><div>closely. This manuscript describes an attempt to address this</div><div>topic by investigating mindfulness interventions. Method: Mindfulness</div><div>workshops with intervals for self-discovery were facilitated</div><div>by 27 therapy instructors. Building on this, standardized session-</div><div>introducing interventions with mindfulness elements were</div><div>integrated into the training therapy in 36 patients. The program</div><div>was analyzed in terms of acceptance, feasibility, and effectiveness.</div><div>Analyses of variance were used to compare the symptom</div><div>reduction (Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), Brief Symptom Inventory</div><div>(BSI)) achieved between the first session and the 15th</div><div>session against that of a control group consisting of patients receiving</div><div>standard treatment. Results: Positive experiences of</div><div>mindfulness were disclosed during qualitative interviews. In general,</div><div>the acceptance and feasibility of the theory-practice network</div><div>was rated as high. According to statements made by the therapy</div><div>instructors, meaningful interfaces were established between theoretical</div><div>and practical training. In terms of symptom reduction,</div><div>patients in the mindfulness group and the group receiving standard</div><div>treatment showed similar results; there were no significant</div><div>variances in this respect. Conclusion: The combination of mindfulness</div><div>workshops and opening exercises building on these was</div><div>found to be meaningful, but the effects were not clinically stronger</div><div>than those achieved by standard treatment. Future research</div><div>should aim to investigate theory-practice networks in other areas</div><div>(e.g., Progressive Muscle Relaxation, compassion). Here, clinically</div><div>relevant effects may be identified in addition to the positive</div><div>findings on acceptance and feasibility.</div>