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Personal and Professional Experiences of Self-Care in the Clinical Psychology Profession

Wright, Nicola (2018) Personal and Professional Experiences of Self-Care in the Clinical Psychology Profession. Doctoral thesis, Staffordshire University.

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This thesis aims to explore the personal and professional experiences of self-care in the clinical psychology profession, with a focus on personal therapy. In doing so, it seeks to add to the small literature base that explores the use of self-care by clinical psychologists.
Paper one is a review of the current literature that aims to synthesise the factors that contribute to the wellbeing of qualified and trainee clinical psychologists practicing in the United Kingdom. A total of 11 papers were included in the thematic review. Six themes were identified: Social Support, Predisposing Vulnerabilities, Organisational Change, Shame and Stigma, Being a Clinical Psychologist and Enhancing the Self. Overall, findings suggest that mindfulness, accessing personal therapy and seeking positive social support aid psychological wellbeing. Barriers to wellbeing include stigma and shame in disclosing distress, stressful working environments and avoidance behaviours. Positive training course relationships, supportive supervision, active behavioural strategies, and peer support are factors that could reduce these barriers.
Paper two is an empirical paper that explores the self-care experiences of a group of qualified clinical psychologists. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to develop the themes of The Toxic Environment, Identity, Self-Care, and Personal Therapy. The findings highlight the internal and external conflicts that clinical psychologists face when implementing self-care. Findings are discussed in relation to the clinical implications, in particular how to add to future research.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2019 14:13
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 14:15

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