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Enhancing reflective practice among clinical psychologists and trainees

By Rowan Sarah Wigg


The role of the Clinical Psychologist has developed to incorporate that\ud of the reflective practitioner. This thesis aims to consider how reflective\ud practice is incorporated into personal and professional development by\ud clinical psychologists and trainees, and what impact it may have upon\ud clinical practice.\ud The first chapter of the thesis reviews the relevant literature from the past 10\ud years relating to the use of personal therapy among therapists and the links\ud to reflective practice. The findings suggest that a number of studies\ud demonstrate some benefits of personal therapy for therapists. However, the\ud literature lacks a unified theoretical explanation of the processes that occur\ud during personal therapy and of their influence on the development of\ud reflective practice. This chapter offers a critique of the literature and\ud proposes a potential model for understanding the development of reflexivity\ud through personal therapy.\ud Chapter Two is an exploratory study of clinical psychologists’ experiences of\ud personal development groups whilst in training. The study adopts an\ud interpretive phenomenological approach to the analysis and results are\ud presented through four super-ordinate themes. The results suggest that\ud personal development groups are seen as an effective method of developing\ud reflective practice by participants. The processes which encourage and\ud hinder this are also explored. The research suggests that engaging in\ud reflective practice may become a luxury after training in some cases and this\ud may result in an increased strain on the therapist. The clinical and research\ud implications of the study are discussed.\ud Chapter Three provides a reflective account of the author’s experience of the\ud research process including; choosing the research topic, developing the\ud research question, relationship to the research and personal experiences of\ud personal development groups. The paper comments on the presence of bias\ud within the research, the impact of conducting the study on the researcher\ud and reflections on themes arising from the empirical paper

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