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Title: The effect of personal life-events on the practice of therapists
Author: Martin, Peter Andrew
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2005
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The research asks: "What is the effect of personal life events on the practice of therapists?" The question is under-researched and concerns an issue that is professionally important in a growing profession. The research methodology is qualitative employing heuristic inquiry. A major theme of the dissertation is a critique of, and an updating and refinement Moustakas's 1990 methodology. A more post-modernist approach is sustained by privileging narrative. The "bricoleur" approach adopted here emphasises relationality and process as opposed to a search for "essence" as espoused by Moustakas. The research sample was purposive. The author wrote his own account, and sixteen participants (co-researchers) were recruited by advertisement, in an article in a journal, and at workshops on the theme. Therapists were interviewed twice face to face for informal, extended and tape-recorded, transcribed sessions. Analysis of the data was a systematic co-construction following Reason and Rowan, and Josselson. One of the distinctive features of the research is retelling the participants' stories in different formats (individual depictions and exemplary portraits) in order to produce a many-layered response to their data. The goal in each "re-storying" was to reach intersubjective awareness and agreement in a moment in time. The final part of the thesis is written in an authorial voice and functions to make sense of the data for clinical as well as academic readerships. Outcomes of this research emanate from the weakening of the distinction between subject and object, which is congruent with its refined heuristic methodology. The author and the participants experienced important changes as a result of their own processing of their life event. Such movements were in personal philosophy, and in the capacity to relate to client's' dilemmas and individual pain This thesis makes a case for the "examined life" as a chief component of continuing professional development and of clinical supervision
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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