Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: This might be me : art and the elusive self : a Study of occupational therapists' narratives of the self as therapist
Author: Job, Teresa
ISNI:       0000 0004 2685 3669
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2010
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Restricted access.
Access from Institution:
This study aimed to explore Occupational Therapists’ narratives of “the self” as a therapeutic agent, linking personal development and insight to professional development as an Occupational Therapist (OT). Three female, newly qualified OTs constructed a series of six arts based narratives, using creative media, over the course of three workshops. The narratives developed from an initial exploration of “the self as therapist” then continued through individual exploration of emergent personal themes. Each pictorial narrative was presented verbally to the group and the presentation and discussion of the images were videotaped. The transcribed stories, alongside the artwork, were analysed and revealed clear evidence that personal narratives have the potential to be active, dynamic processes with important implications for therapeutic practice, education and research. The study highlighted the tension generated by conflict or dissonance between the therapist’s sense of self and their professional role. Exploration of this conflict using art and narrative approaches showed how active story telling around challenging issues can lead to greater personal insight, autonomy and resolution through the re-integration of concealed aspects of the self.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: LC Special aspects of education ; RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology ; BF Psychology