A qualitative inquiry was conducted on the experiences of nine participants who attended an emotion-focused, experiential program, Tri-Life Leadership Training (TLT). The purpose of the TLT program is the development of self-leadership via improved emotional functioning, defined as affective well-being. The program structure is an 8-day workshop in two segments composed of psychoeducation, experiential group exercises, and individually tailored, emotion-focused work. Participants were referred adults who met program selection/exclusion criteria. Participants were individually interviewed one week after the program about their experiences (process) and if any changes (outcome) resulted. Outcome was assessed based on participants’ experience of emotional resolutions, diminution of negative core beliefs, positive behavioral changes, and improved relationships. Self-report questionnaires (Outcome Questionnaire-45.2, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Inventory, General Self-Efficacy Scale, and PANAS-X), used in a descriptive manner, were administered pre- and post-program. Interviews were coded using Thematic Analysis to determine patterns across the data set. Themes were derived theoretically based on Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT), and results discussed in light of program interventions and outcomes to elucidate EFT theory and process. The value of the TLT program and the EFT model appeared to be supported by the data. The findings suggested that the TLT program had a positive impact on perceived affective well-being. The participants attributed process and outcome changes to both relationship and task factors. The findings showed that an empathic therapeutic and working relationship along with experiential tasks designed to arouse and process emotional material may explain the high level of experienced change. Results confirmed the value of an emotion-focused perspective, and further that experiential work can be successfully conducted in a group format.
|Commitee:||Becker-Klein, Rachel, Sears, Richard|
|School:||Union Institute and University|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Affective well-being, Emotion-focused therapy, Experience, Group format, Paraprofessionals, Qualitative research|
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