Beliefs held in counselling psychology regarding secondary mental health care provision : reflections from 1998
The thesis is an historical record of the beliefs held within the division of counselling psychology at the time of the data collection in November 1998. The broad area of interest is the provision of psychological services by counselling psychologists to individuals who have enduring mental health problems. This research topic was chosen for its personal relevance to the researcher, who at the time was employed as the sole psychologist within a CMHT. The researcher provided psychological therapy to individuals with enduring mental health problems as well as indirect psychological services to other members of the CMHT - supervision, training and liaison with other professionals providing care to service users. The following sections, and the items within them were included because of their relevance to, and association with, the research topic. They also provide the context for understanding the social, political and professional dimensions of the research findings.