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Jun 12, 2017

Mechanisms of Change: How Does Treatment Really Work?


Dr Tim Leighton
Tim is Director of Professional Education and Research at Action on Addiction, and has worked in the addiction field for over 30 years, as counsellor, counselling trainer,...


This presentation delivers on brand new research relevant to the practice of addictions counselling. Reviewing evidence for the change processes and predictors of recovery, Tim Leighton will present findings from six years of research into the processes of change in intensive abstinence-based treatment programmemes. The contexts that facilitate or inhibit change, the mechanisms by which change occurs, and the outcomes of the change process within treatment are explored, and an explanatory model presented. The learning outcomes include; understanding some of the evidence for mechanisms of change, the contribution of a realist research paradigm and knowledge of the implications for practice of a contexts-mechanisms-outcomes model of change.

Tim Leighton is Director of Professional Education and Research at Action on Addiction. He has been in the addictions field since 1985 as a counsellor, psychotherapist, researcher, teacher and charity executive. Tim has been a UKCP registered Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist since 1994 and is also an accredited trainer and supervisor. He has served on a variety of expert committees convened by the NTA and the ACMD, and was a member of the NICE Psychosocial Interventions for Adult Drug Misusers Guideline Development Group. His current research interests are Addictions Counselling as a social practice, and mechanisms of change in treatment programmemes.