What does 'evidence-based' mean?

Evidence-based practice is 'the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture and preferences’ (APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice, 2006).

Basically what this means is that our programme was developed – and continues to be updated – based upon the latest research studies into mental health, resilience and wellbeing.

We have also conducted two of our own studies into the efficacy of the programme and are committed to continued research. Whenever new studies are published, we compare and contrast the findings in relation to (a) previous studies, and (b) our own studies. The programme is then regularly refined and updated based upon the best available research.

An example of how research is at the core of the Thrive Programme, is that a wealth of studies over the last few decades have demonstrated that building and maintaining an ‘internal locus of control’ or strong sense of control has a significant positive impact upon people's health, self-confidence and wellbeing (e.g. Mirowsky & Ross, 1990; Cloitre et al, 1992; Abouserie, 1994; Gale, Batty & Deary, 2008). Additionally, increasing individuals' perceived control significantly predicts recovery from a range of anxiety disorders (Gallagher, Naragon-Gainey & Brown, 2014).

Psycho-education around your sense of control is key within The Thrive Programme. The programme contains techniques and structured exercises to help you build your sense of control and become more ‘internal’. Engaging in evidence based practice is also about working with and listening to those who go through the Thrive Programme. Thousands of people have already undertaken the programme and many provide feedback. So as well as our research studies, we have collected much anecdotal and qualitative evidence into the effectiveness of the programme. This helps us in continually developing the programme, ensuring that it is accessible and up to date.


APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice (2006). Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology. American Psychologist, 61(4), 271–285

Mirowsky, J. & Ross, C.E. (1990). Control or defense? Depression and the sense of control over good and bad outcomes. J. Health Soc. Behav. 71–86

Cloitre, M., Heimberg, R.G., Liebowitz, M.R. & Gitow, A. (1992).Perceptions of control in panic disorder and social phobia. Cogn. Ther. Res. 16, 569–577

Abouserie, R. (1994). Sources and Levels of Stress in Relation to Locus of Control and Self Esteem in University Students. Educ. Psychol, 14, 323–330

Gale, C.R., Batty, G.D. & Deary, I.J. (2008). Locus of control at age 10 years and health outcomes and behaviors at age 30 years: the 1970 British Cohort Study. Psychosom. Med, 70, 397–403

Gallagher, M.W., Naragon-Gainey, K. & Brown, T.A. (2014). Perceived Control is a Transdiagnostic Predictor of Cognitive–Behavior Therapy Outcome for Anxiety Disorders. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 38, 10–22

More information about some of the research that contributes to our evidence-base, can be found  here.

For more information on how the programme can help you, contact a local consultant for a free consultation.