Psychology interventions can help foster positive cognitive or emotional changes in a client, ultimately helping them to enhance their wellbeing and manage conditions more effectively.
When properly selected, based on a patient’s unique goals, evidence-based interventions are beautiful templates for creating personalized, science-based tools to use in therapy. This guide will show you what some of the most popular psychology interventions look like and how to implement them in your programs.
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What Are Evidence-Based Interventions?
Evidence-based psychology interventions have been proven, in controlled studies, to be effective in achieving their therapeutic goal.
Psychology interventions are specialist tools or techniques that have a significant positive impact on a patient’s wellbeing, according to peer-reviewed research
Also known as research-based interventions, they typically describe tools or techniques that have a significant positive impact on a patient’s wellbeing, according to peer-reviewed research.
When properly implemented, evidence-based interventions have a good chance of contributing positively toward the achievement of a practitioner and a patient’s desired goal.
Some examples include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A common technique for treating mood disorders such as anxiety and depression
- Mindfulness-based Interventions: A school of third-wave psychotherapeutic interventions that include meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A psychological treatment for challenges such as trauma, addiction, and other mood disorders.
Doing so also offers the ability to personalize various solutions, while assuring that extant data have been critically assessed and reviewed before an intervention is used with a patient.
6 Popular Psychology Interventions: A List
Quenza’s Expansion Library gives you an in-app database of popular online interventions to modify, personalize, and apply with your clients or patients.
Browsing your Expansion library by type or tag is a great way to find commonly-used metaphors, evidence-based assessments, and a whole host more activities, lessons, meditations, and evaluations.
3 Best Positive Psychology Interventions
Here are some of the best positive psychology interventions in Quenza that may suit your clients’ goals.
Eye of the Hurricane Meditation
Quenza’s Eye of the Hurricane Meditation is an audio meditation that helps your clients manage stress and anxiety with mindfulness.
Ideal both in group therapy settings or as an individual assignment, this mp3 guides the listener through a gradual process that encourages them to connect with a place of inner calm.
You might want to customize this Expansion with your own audio guide or images, as well as your practice logo.
Quenza’s Self-Compassion Box Expansion exercise invites clients to find or craft physical reminders to practice self-compassion and self-kindness, which can be helpful in alleviating depression and anxiety.
Clients can use this online intervention to navigate personal challenges by:
- Recognizing elements of their uncompassionate self
- Selecting personally meaningful self-compassion reminders, and
- Using the prompts, affirmations, tips, and reflection questions to cultivate a self-compassion habit.
Finding Silver Linings
Finding Silver Linings is another Quenza Expansion based on Seligman’s work on learned optimism, which posits that negative explanatory styles can be replaced with more positive ones for improved wellbeing.
This exercise, shown below, helps clients change their outlooks by inviting them to look on the bright side of otherwise challenging life situations:
This Expansion is a brilliant therapy exercise for helping patients with anxiety or depression.
3 Online Psychology Interventions For Your Sessions
For psychology activities that you can use with clients in sessions, you might like Quenza’s:
- Moving From Cognitive Fusion To Cognitive Defusion – this customizable Expansion is based on the iCBT technique of decatastrophizing
- Cognitive Restructuring – an Expansion activity that can help clients replace irrational, unhelpful thoughts with more adaptive thinking patterns, and
- The Private Garden: A Visualization For Stress Reduction – which invites clients to use mental imagery techniques for coping with tension, anxiety, and worry.
How To Apply Psychology Interventions Online
There are two easy but effective ways to share your psychology interventions with clients using Quenza. You can:
- Send them as single Activities – as simple as clicking ‘Send’ on any Activity you’ve saved to your Library, or
- Sequence them as steps in a care pathway or coaching program, to deliver each included activity automatically to your client at custom intervals.
Creating a Treatment Plan
Sending separate activities is great for single worksheets or meditations, but if you’re crafting a treatment program for a new client, Quenza’s Pathways Builder helps you sequence each step in advance.
To create a program, e-course, roadmap, or treatment plan, simply create a new Pathway in your Builder:
In Quenza’s Pathway builder you can select saved Activities from your Library as steps or create Activities that are exclusive to each Pathway.
This way, you can design completely bespoke treatments for each of your patients. You can also set custom intervals between each step to determine when they’ll receive each intervention or activity – plus custom notifications or prompts in advance.
5 Ways Quenza Can Help Your Clients
Quenza’s all-in-one toolkit and unique features are purpose-built to help you run your digital psychology practice more effectively so that you can help your clients in new ways.
For instance, you can:
- Streamline your treatment design process, which gives you more time to spend with clients
- Personalize each patient’s program easily and more efficiently, so that you can craft bespoke (and more effective) interventions based on their needs and goals
- Psychoeducate and empower your clients by using Quenza as an online learning software (check out our guide to 10+ Best Blended Learning Strategies & Tools For Your Course)
- Nudge them along the way to improve their progress, and
- Support clients better with timely, personal feedback when it matters most, using Quenza Chat.
5 Psychology Tools Included In The App
Still looking for more tools?
Besides the many interventions we’ve mentioned, some Quenza Expansion Activities that you may find plenty of use for include the following:
- Gratitude Meditation – which can help a client connect with feelings of appreciation to realize their benefits
- The Chessboard Metaphor – a mindfulness intervention that teaches clients to step back and observe their own feelings
- Positive Reminiscence – in this exercise, clients can learn about savoring life’s small pleasures
- Open Monitoring Meditation – ideal for clients who want to take a non-judgmental approach to their own thoughts and emotions, and
- Urge Surfing – a useful tool for patients who want a better way to deal with cravings.
Customizing evidence-based interventions allows you to treat others with effective, reviewed frameworks and techniques in a way that suits their unique learning style.
There are plenty of ways to personalize activities, from uploading your own multimedia to adding sections, tips, or techniques of your own. If you’re searching for more tools to apply, why not look at our Internet-Based Interventions: Your Ultimate Online Therapy Guide?
We hope you find plenty of useful applications for these interventions. To browse more, or create your own, start your 30-day Quenza trial for $1.
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- ^ Cook, S. C., Schwartz, A. C., & Kaslow, N. J. (2017). Evidence-based psychotherapy: Advantages and challenges. Neurotherapeutics, 14(3), 537-545.
- ^ Alberts, H., & Poole, L. (2020). The Crisis Kit. PositivePsychology.com. Retrieved from https://positivepsychology.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Crisis-Kit.pdf
- ^ Bluth, K., & Neff, K. D. (2018). New frontiers in understanding the benefits of self-compassion. Self and Identity, 17(6), 605-608.
- ^ Seligman, M. E. (2006). Learned optimism: How to change your mind and your life. Vintage.