STEPPS stands for Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS). It is a practical, evidence based treatment for people with Emotional Intensity Disorder (Borderline Personality Disorder), based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles.
What does STEPPS help people with?
STEPPS interventions have been shown to be very effective in helping people manage intense emotions, unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving as well as providing hope and positive engagement in making positive changes in their lives. Feedback from clinicians and service users indicates that the programme is accessible, popular and easy to implement
Who delivers the groups?
The groups are delivered by two facilitators as part of a treatment package over a period of 20 sessions. Both facilitators need to have undergone the STEPPS training. One facilitator must have a significant training in CBT, for example an Applied Psychology or Postgraduate CBT qualification. The other trainer must have some experience of delivering structured psychological interventions based on CBT principles.
Who is the training for?
The two day training programme provides specific STEPPS training for clinical staff who can then deliver the groups. The first day on its own is appropriate awareness training for team leaders to support the implementation of STEPPS within the service.
What does the training involve?
Day one: Introduction to STEPPS
- The context of setting up groups
- Maximising the impact of STEPPS for service users
- Embedding STEPPS in the care package
- Supporting course trainers
This training is appropriate for managers, team leaders and clinical staff.
Day two: Intensive training to become a STEPPS trainer
- Content of the manual
- Selection of group members
- Running and evaluating STEPPS groups
This training is appropriate for clinicians (any discipline) with some CBT and preferably group work experience.