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Title: Building relationships with people with early psychosis : psychologists' accounts
Author: Reid, Kim
ISNI:       0000 0004 2733 6217
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2012
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Objectives: The evidence for CBT for early psychosis is limited yet it is used in early intervention for psychosis services across the UK. Whilst engagement is considered important in CBT for early psychosis, little is known about how therapists go about achieving this in clinical practice. This study aimed to explore therapists’ subjective accounts engaging people with early psychosis when working from a cognitive behavioural perspective. Design: A critical realist version of grounded theory was used in data collection and analysis. Method: Seven psychologists who had experience of working with people with early psychosis in London were interviewed. Results: The analysis showed a model of engagement from the therapists’ perspective. The interpretation of the data highlighted the process of engaging people with early psychosis being influenced by the categories: tenderness, client led, flexibility, therapist influences and outside influences. Conclusion: The results indicate the importance therapists placed on relational aspects of therapy and that they did not adhere to their professed cognitive behavioural ways of working. These findings have been linked to relevant literature. Practical and clinical implications have been suggested.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Coun.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral