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Title: Service user and carer involvement in mental health education : a grounded theory investigation into its impact on (trainee) clinical psychologists' learning
Author: Schreur, Fides K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 7272
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2013
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Service user and carer involvement has become a priority in the education of mental health professionals. While preliminary evidence suggests that service user and carer involvement is perceived positively by mental health students, there is a paucity of research investigating impacts relating to changes in learners’ knowledge, skills, attitudes or behaviour. The present qualitative study sought to investigate what, and how, (trainee) clinical psychologists learn as a result of service user and carer involvement in their training. Overall, 12 (trainee) clinical psychologists were interviewed and grounded theory methodology was used to analyse the data. Findings indicated that (trainee) clinical psychologists learned from service user and carer involvement in a variety of ways and a preliminary model was proposed, encompassing four main categories: 'mechanisms of learning', 'relational and contextual factors facilitating learning', 'relational and contextual factors hindering learning' and 'impact'. The findings are discussed in relation to extant empirical research, taking into account theoretical considerations. Recommendations for educators in clinical psychology training programmes are provided alongside suggestions for a future research agenda. A methodological critique of the study is offered.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LC1051 Professional education ; RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention ; RC0467 Clinical psychology