Articles for Review

Articles Currently Available for Review

All the articles published in the IJP are double-blind peer-reviewed (whereby the reviewer is unaware of the author's name; and the author is unaware who has reviewed their article) by two diifferent people. There is a fuller description of the "double-blind peer-review" process here.

We have a team of professional reviewers to look at the articles that have been submitted for publication: these people are all either members of our Editorial Board; or the International Advisory Board; or other psychotherapist professionals with particular specialisations; and ... we also ask all our published authors to join in with our peer-review process.

If you would like to join our team or reviewers, and review one of the articles below, please contact our Assistant Editor: Marzena Rusanowska: 
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(N.B. We like all our reviewers to submit a few professional details about themselves and their interests.)

Submitted Journal Articles Currently Available for Review (Nov. 2017)

(224) Clinical outcomes in routine evaluation of trainee-led psychotherapy: Effects on clients’ inter-personal problems and psychological symptoms

Abstract: A significant proportion of the psychotherapy in Sweden is delivered by psychology trainees at special educational clinical departments within the universities. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of the treatments at three clinics measured by outcomes of psychiatric symptoms and functioning (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation – Outcome Measures) and interpersonal problems (Inventory of interpersonal problems). The study included within-group comparisons based on data from 734 clients collected before and after individually short time psychotherapy. The results show large effect sizes for the pre-to post change for psychological symptoms and for interpersonal problems and a medium effect size for functions in general. About 60 % of the clients had clinically symptoms and function problems before therapy and around 60 % of them recovered. Therefore, trainee-led therapy are clinical effective and should be seen as a helpful complement to the treatment of common psychiatric health problems.

Keywords: Interpersonal problems, psychological symptoms, IIP, CORE-OM, psychotherapy training, trainee, effectiveness, outcomes

1 review needed: c. 5,900 words

(225) Dialectical Co-therapy with a Couples Group

In group therapy with couples, by virtue of their engagement in the group, couples come to realize that their problems are not unique, as others have similar difficulties. They feel understood by others and as a result, their isolation diminishes. Candid discussion of marital problems with strangers and, especially with other couples, with whom they are not familiar is atypical in our society. Couples’ group therapy provides a novel, controlled opportunity for sharing of troubles, getting varied inputs from group members, as well as from the therapists. (Kaslow, 1981a)

 2 reviews needed: c. 1,900 words

(226) Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: An Ethno-Phenomenological Case Series

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a bio-psycho-socio-cultural disorder that includes genetic, neural brain anomalies, traumatic experiences, and development of dysfunctional beliefs frequently learnt from others and from the environment. Current empirical research supports Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Exposure and Response Prevention) as the ‘Gold-Standard’ psychological treatment intervention. However, client’s with OCD is often describe exposure to earlier adverse life experiences (Past) or a worst fear (Future) related to their symptomatology, by onset or maintenance features. This case-series design study explored the impact of EMDR Therapy with eight clients diagnosed with OCD, yet despite receiving previous treatment - CBT (ERP) treatment were still symptomatic. The research methodology was that of Ethno-Phenomenology. Psychometric results highlight a promising treatment effect of EMDR Therapy reducing anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions and subjective levels of disturbance. Despite promising results, more conducted research with this important clinical population is essential.
Keywords: OCD; Trauma; EMDR; CBT; Obsessions, Compulsions

 2 reviews needed: c. 8,280 words