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Title: Distress and the self-care practices of trainee clinical psychologists
Author: Bailey, Hayley
ISNI:       0000 0001 3436 0301
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2007
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High rates of distress have been found in trainee clinical psychologists. Poor levels of self-care have shown to negatively impact on therapeutic effectiveness and damage to clients. However, many practicing clinical psychologists are reluctant to seek support for distress due to personal or professional factors. This has implications for the values and behaviours being passed onto trainees regarding self-care. The current study aimed to explore the emotional and psychological needs of trainee clinical psychologists, where they turn to for support, how they view the act of self-care, and what influences them to access support. Eight trainees were selected from two clinical psychology training programs in the United Kingdom. Trainees took part in semi-structured interviews, which were audio-taped and later transcribed. Interview transcripts were analysed using the qualitative method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Trainees were shown to experience a combination of fear and disempowerment during training. Trainees turned to their friends and family, professional peers, supervisors and tutors for support. They valued self-care and felt it to be important;·however these views were found to be at tension with their beliefs about coping. Trainees believed that as clinical psychologists they should be able to cope. The interplay between these beliefs, the course culture, the relationships with support providers, the communication trainees received about self-care and the inevitable course demands all served to influence trainees decisions to access support. The findings are discussed in relation to past research investigating distress and support seeking behaviours of clinical and trainee clinical psychologists. Overall this thesis demonstrates original research and broadens the knowledge base within this area.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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