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Title: Making sense of ill health
Author: Shravat, Aneesh
ISNI:       0000 0004 2713 3292
Awarding Body: City University
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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All the work in this portfolio is concerned with making sense of ill health. In particular it primarily focuses on person centred approaches to working with people that have either been affected directly or indirectly by ill health. The research focuses on person centred therapists’ subjective experiences of working with older adults who have cancer. The aim is to draw the focus to Counselling Psychologists and other mental health professionals to the experiences of person centred therapists of working with older adults with cancer, as no research has been undertaken in this area previously. It is hoped that the research can illuminate an area in which little research has been undertaken previously. The Critical Literature Review focuses on the literature, which evaluates the effectiveness of psychological interventions for older adults with chronic illness. In particular it outlines the paucity that exists in this research and the possible reasons for this. It is hoped that this can focus mental health professionals on the need for more research to inform future interventions and indeed future debate on the effectiveness of different psychotherapeutic models in order provide clarity for professionals working with this client group. The Case Study provides an example of using a person centred approach with a client whose father has cancer. It provides an insight in to how the focus of the therapeutic relationship can help a client focus on underlying feelings and help see his situation with more clarity. It also provides an example of seeing a client’s lived experience descriptively as opposed to being seen as an expert trying to explain or analyse these experiences.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology