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Title: The experience of being financially dependent as a counselling psychology trainee : an existential perspective
Author: Belgrave, Helena
Awarding Body: University of Wales
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2012
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Deciding to train as a counselling psychologist is a big commitment. Although existing research has mostly focused on the impact of issues that are directly connected to the training, such as personal development, not enough attention has been drawn to the financial strain on trainees. Consequently, this study attempts to answer the following: what is the experience like for a counselling psychology trainee who is financially dependent? Seven counselling psychology trainees were interviewed to look at the experience of financial dependency whilst being in training. There were four aims which it was hoped the research would uncover. These four aims looked at how the participants felt about being funded by others, what the experience was like in relation to their course and client work, what role it played in their private lives, and how they experienced freedom, responsibility and choice. By following the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis approach, four master themes were found namely; the impact of financial dependency on self, the impact of financial dependency on relationships with investors, the relationship between money and being financially dependent and the experience of being financially dependent in relation to training. The research aims were reflected throughout the analysis which revealed that being financially dependent had a definite effect on the participants’ well-being, self-worth, identity and choices, as well as their therapeutic work, relationships with their investors and views of the course. An unexpected theme also emerged around anger over the lack of trainee funding, which points to the need for more debate on this subject. Taking all these themes into consideration, the research calls for more support for trainees who are financially dependent, to help them feel more valued and positive about their trainee experience.
Supervisor: Tapini, Elisavet Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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