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Title: Clinical psychologists' experiences of working with survivors of torture and the processes by which they manage such work
Author: Kapp, Sylvia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 5979
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2005
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Torture is practised in many countries of the world as a tool of oppression and to suppress dissent. Those fleeing such human rights abuses may present various challenges to psychologists working in the UK, given that theoretical models of distress typically do not account for the social, political and economic factors involved in the infliction of torture, and given that the profession of clinical psychology has traditionally taken a stance of political neutrality which may be difficult ethically to sustain while working closely with the emotive content presented by survivors of atrocities. There has been little systematic research on how clinicians experience their work with refugees and asylum seekers who have been tortured, and this study set out to explore the emotional impact on psychologists, the ways in which they negotiate their professional role, and the frameworks they use to enable them to make sense of carrying out such therapeutic work. Interviews with eight clinical psychologists were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, and themes relating to the impact of such work on clinicians, the context of the work, and the psychological processes by which they manage these, are discussed. The significance of these themes for theory, professional practice and service organisation within the NHS are considered.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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