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Title: Service user experiences of the sequential diagrammatic reformulation (SDR) in cognitive analytical therapy (CAT) : an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Author: Taplin, Kimberley
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 3368
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis is organised into two chapters: a systematic review; an empirical research paper; and relevant appendices. Each chapter is presented as a standalone component adding to current gaps in the literature. Chapter 1 presents a systematic literature review of all current research aiming to understand service-users’ views of psychological formulation. A total of 297 studies were initially retrieved. 11 papers were included in the final review. A narrative synthesis of their findings is presented. The literature suggests several common themes include: responses to formulation; biopsychosocial understanding; practicable and tangible; collaboration; therapeutic relationship; process; communication; change and diagnostic symptoms. Clinical implications, gaps in knowledge and the need for further research are discussed. Chapter 2 extends the research discussed in the systematic review with a qualitative empirical paper exploring service-users experiences of the SDR. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to explore/analyse the data. Four superordinate themes emerged from the data: ‘Chaos to clarity (a process of meaning making)’; ‘The change process’; ‘Relational dynamics’; and ‘Focus on treatment context/options’. Findings are consistent with, and extend, the current literature on CAT and formulation. Strengths and weaknesses of this research, future research ideas and clinical implications at an individual therapy and service/organisational level are discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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