A heuristic enquiry into how counsellors/psychotherapists in a student counselling service are affected by the institution within which they work

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90003
Title:
A heuristic enquiry into how counsellors/psychotherapists in a student counselling service are affected by the institution within which they work
Authors:
Freeman, Nicola
Abstract:
A heuristic study was conducted with the aim of answering the following research question: How are counsellors/psychotherapists in a university student counselling service affected by the institution in which they work? Individual interviews were conducted with seven counsellors/psychotherapists, all of whom were working in a university student counselling service. The interviews were transcribed and this material was then subject to four stages of analysis: individual depictions were constructed to present participants’ individual experience of the phenomena, followed by a composite depiction which drew together the universal themes in the material. The final stages of analysis involved the drawing up of exemplary portraits of two participants’ experiences that were felt to best represent the experiences of the group and then the creative synthesis which involved the researcher in creating a representation of the meaning of the phenomena in the form of a poem. The themes that emerged from the analysis centred around issues of belonging and separation, the managing of both personal and practical resources and questions of survival. These findings were discussed in terms of where they were represented in the literature and where they were not. It emerged that the positive feelings and experiences that participants described in relation to the institution were not reflected in the literature. Problematic areas of the method and the approach in general were critiques leading to the conclusion that whilst the study had yielded some kind of meaningful material, it had not necessarily been successful in representing the experience of anyone other than the researcher.
Issue Date:
2002
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90003
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorFreeman, Nicolaen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-19T14:39:55Z-
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dc.date.issued2002-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90003-
dc.description.abstractA heuristic study was conducted with the aim of answering the following research question: How are counsellors/psychotherapists in a university student counselling service affected by the institution in which they work? Individual interviews were conducted with seven counsellors/psychotherapists, all of whom were working in a university student counselling service. The interviews were transcribed and this material was then subject to four stages of analysis: individual depictions were constructed to present participants’ individual experience of the phenomena, followed by a composite depiction which drew together the universal themes in the material. The final stages of analysis involved the drawing up of exemplary portraits of two participants’ experiences that were felt to best represent the experiences of the group and then the creative synthesis which involved the researcher in creating a representation of the meaning of the phenomena in the form of a poem. The themes that emerged from the analysis centred around issues of belonging and separation, the managing of both personal and practical resources and questions of survival. These findings were discussed in terms of where they were represented in the literature and where they were not. It emerged that the positive feelings and experiences that participants described in relation to the institution were not reflected in the literature. Problematic areas of the method and the approach in general were critiques leading to the conclusion that whilst the study had yielded some kind of meaningful material, it had not necessarily been successful in representing the experience of anyone other than the researcher.en
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dc.subjectStudent Counselling Serviceen
dc.subjectHeuristicsen
dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.titleA heuristic enquiry into how counsellors/psychotherapists in a student counselling service are affected by the institution within which they worken
dc.typeThesisen
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