Quality of Work Life Factors for Mental Health Therapists Providing Neurofeedback

  • Jonathan E. Larson
  • Bethany Apa
  • Lindsay L. Sheehan
  • Thomas P. Cothran
  • Kelly O'Neill
Keywords: mental health, therapists, neurofeedback, EEG biofeedback, quality of work life

Abstract

The current study investigates factors connected to Quality of Work Life (QWL) for mental health therapists providing neurofeedback (NFB) based on previous NFB conceptual framework and QWL findings (Larson, In Press; Larson, Cothran, Drandorff, Morgan, & Ryan, 2012; Larson, Ryan, & Baerentzen, 2010). One hundred and ninety-eight NFB therapists completed online surveys gathering demographics and ratings of practice behaviors and characteristics. SPSS version 20 was utilized for descriptive statistics, frequencies, means, standard deviations, ranges, Pearson Product-Moment Correlation analyses, independent samples t-tests, and a regular simultaneous regression analysis. Results of this study found that QWL separately correlated with calmness, observant, realistic, and optimistic scores, and therapists with high levels of technique and commitment reported significantly higher QWL scores compared to therapists with moderate levels of technique and commitment. The current findings indicated that 40% of the variance in the QWL can be determined by variance in a significant multiple correlation of confidence, monthly NFB sessions, years of NFB experience, and burnout.
Published
2014-11-21
Section
Research Papers