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Subject/Keyword
lifestyle
counselling
TLCs
mental health
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Calhoon, Kellsey D
Supervisor and department
Truscott, Derek (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Holt, Nick (Physical Education and Recreation)
Leroy, Carol (Elementary Education)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Date accepted
2014-09-04T15:20:51Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Twenty percent of Canadians are affected by mental illness (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2011). Mental illness can be positively impacted by Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs). TLCs include such things as exercise, diet, recreation, sleep, sunlight exposure, interpersonal relationships, spiritual involvement, and stress management (Ilardi, 2009; Walsh, 2011). TLCs offer greater accessibility and affordability, fewer side effects, and less social stigma than traditional methods of mental healthcare (Walsh, 2011). However, despite the positive research, TLCs are underutilized by psychologists (Walsh, 2011). Five psychologists who use TLCs in their practices answered semi-structured interview questions such as, “What inspired you to begin using TLCs in your practice?”, “How did you learn to effectively use TLCs with clients?” and “What challenges have you faced incorporating TLCs?” Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith, Flowers, & Larkin, 2009) was used to identify intra-individual and inter-individual themes. Themes identified related to therapist congruency, developing competency and recognizing limits, finding what fits for the client, drawing on therapist skills, looking at the whole picture, and addressing and removing barriers. These findings help explain how psychologists are able to incorporate TLC into existing therapies, and how other psychologists can obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to use TLCs.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R3937B
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