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Title: Personal and professional development in clinical psychology
Author: Bell, Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 9678
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis explores personal and professional development in clinical psychology. Over three chapters, various aspects of development throughout the career span are considered. Different forms of personal and professional development are addressed in relation to how development is understood, experienced, managed and evaluated. The first paper investigates the impacts of supervision on psychological therapists, their practice and their clients. A systematic review of the literature since 2007 was conducted; this identified thirteen studies exploring various impacts of supervision. The paper focuses on developing an understanding of the processes and factors involved in supervision as well as the ways in which supervision has been beneficial or detrimental. While some evidence for the importance of supervision is indicated, the methodological challenges of researching this topic make it difficult to draw clear conclusions. Implications and suggestions for future research into supervision are described. The second paper reports on an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis study of trainee clinical psychologists’ experiences of deciding whether to have personal therapy during training. Ten trainees took part in semi-structured interviews and three major themes emerged from their experiences. Conflicting ideas within the trainees’ experiences were identified, relating to the purpose of therapy, whether therapy would makes things better or worse and whether therapy was right for them. The findings are discussed with regard to how training providers can support trainees with the decision to have personal therapy. The final paper is a reflective account of personal and professional development during clinical psychology training. The paper draws on findings from the preceding two papers as well as the author’s personal experiences to emphasise the complexity of managing the tensions of developing different aspects of the clinical psychologist. Particular attention is paid to the importance of considering and developing ‘the self’ during training.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology