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Title: An interpretative phenomenological study exploring Educational Psychologists' experiences of facilitating group supervision
Author: Hawley, Gael
ISNI:       0000 0004 7431 1530
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2018
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This research explores the experiences of Educational Psychologists (EPs) who are facilitating group supervision for professionals from a noneducational psychology background. The aim of this research was to develop an insight into the unique experiences of the participants, in order to develop an understanding of how EPs can be supported in this increasingly common aspect of EP work. The research involved semi-structured interviews with three EP group supervisors recruited through purposeful selection. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Research findings suggested that the experience of facilitating group supervision for other professionals seemed to be influenced by three main factors: the EP's perceived level of responsibility, the relationship with the group and the level of emotional investment in the role. This research informs us that when the EP has a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities, is able to build group relationships and where the commissioning agency's management and the supervisees have a value and understanding of supervision, the experience can be rewarding and enriching for the EP. Where the preferred supervisory style of the EP does not fit well with the work, the EP feels restricted in being able to practice safely or there is chaotic organisation, the work can evoke feelings of anxiety, frustration and inadequacy. Conclusions reflect the range of emotional responses to the work and EPs will need support that is flexible enough to meet individual needs.
Supervisor: Williams, Antony Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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