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Transporting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) project to Japan: preliminary observations and service evaluation in Chiba

Osamu Kobori (Principal Investigator for OCD, based at Centre for Forensic Mental Health, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)
Michiko Nakazato (Principal Investigator for BN, based at Centre for Child Mental Development, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)
Naoki Yoshinaga (Principal Investigator for SAD, both are based at Centre for Child Mental Development, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)
Tetsuya Shiraishi (Collaborator, based at Department of Psychiatry, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)
Kota Takaoka (Collaborator, based at Centre for Child Mental Development, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)
Akiko Nakagawa (Collaborator, based at Centre for Child Mental Development, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)
Masaomi Iyo (Professor, based at Department of Psychiatry, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)
Eiji Shimizu (Collaborator, based at Centre for Child Mental Development, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 2 September 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the implementation and evaluation of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) training course for clinicians in Chiba, the sixth-largest province in Japan.

Design/methodology/approach

Individual CBT for obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, or social anxiety disorder was delivered by trainees of the Chiba CBT training course in a single study design.

Findings

The results demonstrated that individual CBT delivered by trainees led to statistically significant reductions in symptom severity for all three disorders. Feedback from the trainees indicated that the training course achieved its aims.

Research limitations/implications

Barriers to the dissemination of CBT in Japan such as opportunities for training and possible solutions are discussed.

Originality/value

This paper evaluates the Chiba CBT training course, which is a Japanese adaptation of the UK Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Project and the first post-qualification CBT training course in Japan.

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Citation

Kobori, O., Nakazato, M., Yoshinaga, N., Shiraishi, T., Takaoka, K., Nakagawa, A., Iyo, M. and Shimizu, E. (2014), "Transporting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) project to Japan: preliminary observations and service evaluation in Chiba", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 155-166. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-10-2013-0033

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