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Title: Improving the effectiveness of supervision : a clinical psychology perspective
Author: Spence, Nicola
ISNI:       0000 0004 2751 1345
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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Abstract Clinical supervision serves essential clinical governance functions within the profession of UK clinical psychology, and so its effectiveness is of critical importance. Despite this, there is limited research that is specific to this particular context. Furthermore, the research that does exist has tended to focus on the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists. Thus, little is known about the supervision of qualified clinical psychologists. The first section of this thesis details a narrative literature review which argues that the effectiveness of clinical psychology supervision could be improved by supervisory dyads adopting a metacommunicative stance in relation to the supervisory relationship (i.e. having an open dialogue about the relational dynamics between supervisors and supervisees). The effectiveness of clinical supervision often relies on supervisees disclosing salient information to their supervisors. To date, no studies on supervisee self-disclosure have been , conducted within the field ofUK clinical psychology. With this in mind, the second section of this thesis presents a grounded theory study of qualified clinical psychologists' conceptualisation and use of supervisee self-disclosure across the career span. The findings of this study suggest that participants perceived the professional culture within UK clinical psychology to pose barriers to their effective self-disclosure in supervision. Their accounts suggest that self-disclosure decisions are mediated by the quality of their supervisory relationships with their supervisors. Furthermore, participants reported that they developed proficiency in their ability to monitor and manage issues independently across their career span. This skill was reported to often negate participants' need to self-disclose in supervision. Clinical and research implications for these findings are considered. Lastly, the final section of this thesis contains a critical review of the process involved in conducting the grounded theory study detailed above.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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