Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Brief Clinical Reports

Mindfulness Groups for Psychosis; Key Issues for Implementation on an Inpatient Unit

Pamela Jacobsena1 c1, Eric Morrisa1, Louise Johnsa1 and Kathleen Hodkinsona2

a1 South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK

a2 Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, UK


Background: There is emerging evidence that mindfulness groups for people with distressing psychosis are safe and therapeutic. Aims: The present study aimed to investigate the feasibility of running and evaluating a mindfulness group on an inpatient ward for individuals with chronic and treatment resistant psychosis. Method: Eight participants attended a 6-week mindfulness group on a specialist tertiary inpatient ward. Results: This study demonstrated that mindfulness exercises were acceptable and well-tolerated by participants. Measuring outcome, systemic challenges and participant experience are discussed.

(Online publication November 22 2010)


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