The research we are conducting at PROMIS indicates the centre’s commitment to defining priority areas of improvement and to implementing practices that are soundly based in replicable research.
London (PRWEB UK) 30 November 2012
Researches at PROMIS Clinics are thrilled to reveal new insights into some of the research they have been conducting. In PROMIS Clinics’ benchmark studies, findings have emerged that suggest that different measures of psychological change improve in different time scales.
Some 7 months ago, Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology and the Director of Research at PROMIS, Professor Geoffrey M. Stephenson undertook an experimental trial of new interventions based on proven practices that have emerged within the broad framework of the Positive Psychology movement (Peterson, 2007). With his team, Gillian Ward, Dr Marko Espinoza and Robin Lefever, they hope to uncover new information that will give better insight into the process of change and recovery during treatment.
What the research team at PROMIS has found is that different measures of psychological change improve at different rates. Measures of general mood improve dramatically in the earliest stages of treatment. Other measures, such as Satisfaction With Life Survey, improve more gradually over the time of treatment as do many others. Some, such as “Insight”, seem to be particularly slow to change and it is these which they would like to see if they can affect with specific positive psychology interventions.
Another area of research is to see if the dramatic event of entering a clinic might itself have benefits. Positive psychology has long embraced the finding that traumatic events can lead to a form of “traumatic growth”. Robin Lefever, the Treatment Director, added, "We have been assessing how clients feel they have benefited from the crisis in their lives that led them to seek treatment. This work is in its initial stages, and some important questions cannot yet be answered. However, we do have data that indicates that clients at PROMIS, after only a comparatively short time in treatment, demonstrate positive changes associated with “traumatic growth” such as 1. relating to others, 2. establishing new opportunities in life, 3. increases in personal strength, 4. spiritual change, and 5. appreciation of being alive and that these changes again improve with time."
PROMIS Clinics have over 25 years of clinical excellence and their cutting-edge treatment programmes have helped countless individuals overcome substance abuse, alcohol dependency and numerous psychological issues. Researchers hope that this new information will serve to improve the curriculum of the PROMIS treatment programme.
Professor Stephenson mentioned, “The research we are conducting at PROMIS indicates the centre’s commitment to defining priority areas of improvement and to implementing practices that are soundly based in replicable research. The most important results will emerge when the experimental intervention has been implemented and evaluated. In the meantime, the examination of changes occurring prior to the intervention is already of some intrinsic interest, and suggestive of therapeutic potential.”