Rationale for TEMPO training
Mental health professionals are not trained to communicate with people with psychosis about voices and paranoia.
People with psychosis often want to talk about their unusual experiences, for example "a snake wants to bite me" or "people are drilling holes in my head".
It can be difficult for psychiatrists to know how best to respond and engage people in treatment.
The TEMPO training has been developed by experts in communication, psychosis, medical communication skills, psychiatrists and service users. It is based on research over 15 years analysing real video-recorded psychiatric consultations.
"It was a strong learning experience for me to know what is it like for a patient to hear voices and how it could affect them on different domains so I think that was a very powerful."
"I learnt about looking for realistic goals and not pushing them too much. Maybe getting them to plan for two years time go on a training and have a job. That's something which I've been doing and I had some good feedback as well from the patients."
"Agenda setting gives me more confidence in structuring an interview and more control over it."
"It was an experience for me just to try to judge what sort of language would be better in explaining their experiences."
"I'm trying to use these nicely framed open questions to elicit peoples' concerns."