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Title: Doctoral portfolio in counselling psychology
Author: Barnett, Alexandra
ISNI:       0000 0004 2719 0211
Awarding Body: University of Wolverhampton
Current Institution: University of Wolverhampton
Date of Award: 2011
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This portfolio contains a selection of work completed for the Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. It contains three dossiers: Academic, Therapeutic Development and Research. The Academic Dossier contains papers that were submitted for the following • modules: 'Life-span Approach' and 'Issues and Ethics'. The Therapeutic Development Dossier contains an essay exploring three years of placements ('Supervised Practice') and an essay reflecting on my professional development (,Professional Issues'). Finally, the Research Dossier contains a literature review, a research report and critical appraisal. Confidentiality of clients, research participants and their families have been protected throughout the portfolio. Individuals' names and places have been changed and any potentially identifying information has been omitted or anonymised. Client studies, process reports and all raw data (including interview transcripts) are available in the Confidential Attachment which has been submitted separately and is not available to the public. The work within this portfolio demonstrates my journey from a theory-led, orientation-specific therapist to a client-led, integrative therapist who is continually learning and growing. Within the preface I hope to apply Prochaska and DiClemente's (1986) Stages of Change Theory to my own journey to help demonstrate this change (see Figure 1 below). This is a model I have increasingly attempted to use to inform my therapeutic practice, along with Egan's Skilled Helper Model (2002). The Stages of Change model provides a framework through which we can understand the different stages an individual goes through during the process of any change in attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. The notion of the stages demonstrates that for most a change in behaviour occurs gradually and over time. It must also be recognised that this is a dynamic process and that an individual can move between the stages at different rates and also return to earlier stages. When reflecting on my time completing the Doctorate, I feel that during the last three years I have changed in many areas of my life. My therapeutic stante, my way of interacting with clients and my understanding of working with different client groups have all gone through a process of change which I feel fits in with the Stages of Change model. The work throughout this portfolio will hopefully exhibit how changes have occurred and have helped me become the Counselling Psychologist I am today.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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