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Table 2 Characteristics of the social worker participants by study group; numbers, percentages and averages

From: An evaluation of the effect of an educational intervention for Australian social workers on competence in delivering brief cognitive behavioural strategies: A randomised controlled trial

Characteristics Intervention (n = 16) Control (n = 14) Total (n = 30)
  n (%) n (%) n (%)
Sex    
   Male 5 (31.2) 1 (7.1) 6 (20)
   Female 11 (68.8) 13 (92.9) 24 (80)
Post-graduate qualifications in social work    
   Yes 3 (18.8) 2 (14.3) 5 (16.7)
   No 13 (81.2) 12 (85.7) 25 (83.3)
Member of Australian Association of Social Workers    
   Yes 12 (75) 9 (64.3) 21 (70)
   No 4 (25) 5 (35.7) 9 (30)
Accredited mental health social worker    
   Yes 4 (25) 2 (14.3) 6 (20)
   No 12 (75) 12 (85.7) 24 (80)
Sector of current main employment    
   Community mental health 2 (12.5) 3 (21.4) 5 (16.7)
   Community health 2 (12.5) 1 (7.1) 3 (10)
   Other community/NGO 0 (0) 2 (14.3) 2 (6.7)
   Acute mental health 1 (6.2) 0 (0) 1 (3.3)
   Health/hospital (other than acute mental health) 7 (43.8) 6 (42.9) 13 (43.3)
   Private practice 2 (12.5) 2 (14.3) 4 (13.3)
   Other 2 (12.5) 0 (0) 2 (6.7)
Received previous training in cognitive behavioural strategies*    
   Basic CBT techniques 7 (43.7) 6 (42.9) 13 (43.3)
   Structured problem solving 10 (62.5) 6 (42.9) 16 (53.3)
   Slow breathing 7 (43.7) 4 (28.6) 11 (36.7)
   Activity planning 5 (31.2) 5 (35.7) 10 (33.3)
   Psychosocial assessment 11 (68.7) 11 (78.6) 22 (73.3)
   Sleep wake cycle management 1 (6.3) 1 (7.1) 2 (6.7)
  1. * Participants were asked if they had previously received any training (a seminar/workshop or university studies) in cognitive behavioural strategies