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Title: Exploring psychological processes in reflective practice groups in acute inpatient wards
Author: Collins, Antony
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 2090
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2011
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Section A consists of a critical review examining the research evidence relating to the effectiveness of reflective practice groups for staff in psychiatric inpatient settings, and the role of psychologically trained practitioners in providing facilitation using psychological formulations. Section B. The role of applied psychologists working in inpatient services is developing with a greater emphasis on providing support and consultation to staff teams. The research suggests that psychologically trained practitioners who facilitate reflective practice groups using psychological formulations can assist staff in developing a deeper understanding of patients’ difficulties, with the potential for improved treatment outcomes. This study aimed to address some of the gaps in the research by exploring the experiences of acute psychiatric inpatient ward staff attending reflective practice groups facilitated by psychologically trained practitioners. Using semi-structured interviews, nine multidisciplinary staff from four acute wards participated in the study. Grounded theory methodology was applied to investigate how staff experienced, processed, and operationalised psychological knowledge in their clinical practice. The results suggested staff increased their psychological understanding through a process of guided reflection, development of theory-practice links, and validation. This enhanced a capacity for mentalization, which generated a more compassionate and empathic stance. The clinical, theoretical and research implications are presented. Section C presents a critical appraisal of the research process.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF0636 Applied psychology ; RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention ; RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy