CVS Protocol An Effective Social Work Therapeutic Paradigms For Managing Issues Of Affective Disorders And Humanizing Mental Health

Document Type : Primary Research paper


1 Researcher University of Kerala

2 Head, and Associate professor, University of Kerala


This paper introduces the CVS protocol for social work practitioners and mental health professionals to constructively use this model in people with obsession, insomnia, suicidal ideation, lack of self-esteem, challenges with trauma, and depression. CVS protocol is simply an integration of three techniques – counselling, Visual-kinesthetic Dissociation (VKD), and spirituality intervention. Counselling creates a confidential space to talk and explore their problems and use their strengths and resources to resolve their issues and make choices to lead more fulfilling lives. Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociation (Bandler and Grinder, 1975 and 1978) elicits, altar, modify or dissociates a traumatic response. It is a seven-step process that allows a client to associate personal resources of competency and dissociate phobic reactions (Bacon, 1981). Spirituality is an aspect of humanity that gives ultimate purposefulness and connects with inner power. Believing in this inner power gives hope in a crisis; leads to self-confidence and keeps in a resourceful state. Herein presents three cases of individuals who applied the CVS method after having diagnosed the symptoms of anxiety and depression using the scale of Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A). The clients observed for six months, and the pre-test, post-test, and follow-up reveals a positive change in the clients' emotions and attitudes. After applying the CVS protocol and further consultation with the psychiatrist, two clients who were under pharmacotherapy withdrew from the medication and led a relaxed life. This therapeutic intervention increases resilience power and decreases emotional distress. As the Corona pandemic weaves out to beat the equilibrium of people's mental health and societal lives, this method eases mental agony and enhances life purpose.