Therapist competence in global mental health

Development of the ENhancing Assessment of Common Therapeutic factors (ENACT) rating scale

Abstract

Lack of reliable and valid measures of therapist competence is a barrier to dissemination and implementation of psychological treatments in global mental health. The authors developed the ENhancing Assessment of Common Therapeutic factors (ENACT) rating scale for training and supervision across settings varied by culture and access to mental health resources. They employed a 4-step process in Nepal:

  1. Item generation: They extracted 1081 items (grouped into 104 domains) from 56 existing tools; role-plays with Nepali therapists generated 11 additional domains.

  2. Item relevance: From the 115 domains, Nepali therapists selected 49 domains of therapeutic importance and high comprehensibility.

  3. Item utility: They piloted the ENACT scale through rating role-play videotapes, patient session transcripts, and live observations of primary care workers in trainings for psychological treatments and the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP).

  4. Inter-rater reliability was acceptable for experts and non-specialists. In sum, the ENACT scale is an 18-item assessment for common factors in psychological treatments, including task-sharing initiatives with non-specialists across cultural settings. Further research is needed to evaluate applications for therapy quality and association with patient outcomes.

This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) which is led by University of Cape Town

Citation

Kohrt, B.A.; Jordans, M.J.D.; Rai, S.; Shrestha, P.; Luitel, N.P.; Ramaiya, M.K.; Singla, D.R.; Patel, V. Therapist competence in global mental health: Development of the ENhancing Assessment of Common Therapeutic factors (ENACT) rating scale. Behaviour Research and Therapy (2015) 69: 11-21. [DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.03.009]

Therapist competence in global mental health: Development of the ENhancing Assessment of Common Therapeutic factors (ENACT) rating scale

Published 30 June 2015