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Title: The value of taking a closer look at the therapist
Author: Sharma, Natasha
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 6132
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2012
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A plethora of research exists upon psychological models, interventions and approaches. An increasing evidence base examining patient variables also continues to evolve. Therapist factors, however, have received less attention. Considering aspects of the therapist has previously been seen by some as navel-gazing, thereby suggesting that it may add little value to clinical practice. Irrespective of this, the therapist undeniably plays a critical part in engendering change and helping patients achieve positive outcomes. Discounting the influence of the therapist therefore neglects an important variable in clinical practice. A closer consideration of factors affecting therapists and therapists' impact upon clinical practice may therefore clarify the significance of therapist variables. Chapter one The first chapter offers a critical appraisal of the research literature examining therapist factors associated with the therapeutic alliance. The research denotes that therapist activities and characteristics are both positively and negatively related to alliance. Methodological limitations of studies are examined. Chapter two The second chapter presents an empirical study exploring clinicians' experiences of post-qualification training in Intensive Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three super-ordinate themes emerged from the analysis: training as transforming the self, professional effects of training and group supervision as facilitating feedback. Implications for clinical training are discussed. Chapter three The third chapter explores the lead author's reflections which emerged during the research process. These led to insights of a personal and professional nature.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC Internal medicine