How does supervision affect client work for trainee psychotherapists?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90398
Title:
How does supervision affect client work for trainee psychotherapists?
Authors:
McSherry, Tony
Abstract:
This study examines the question ‘how does supervision affect client work for trainee psychotherapists?’ A review of the literature indicates that this topic is given relatively little attention in supervision research. The question has emerged from the researcher’s experience of individual supervision as a requirement on an academic programme of study in training to be a psychotherapist. The study employs an empirical, or descriptive, phenomenological research methodology after Giorgi and Giorgi (2003). The philosophical foundations to this methodology are outlined and contrasted with the hermeneutic tradition in phenomenology (Von Eckartsberg 1998). Seven participants were interviewed for the research, four of whom were on the same programme of study as the researcher, and one of whom was a colleague from a practice placement. The researcher’s stance with respect to how he influenced the research process, including his understanding of what comprises ‘knowledge’ is examined where relevant as part of the study. Findings indicate a concurrence with the literature on the importance of the supervisory relationship in learning to become a psychotherapist. Supervision can affect client work both directly and indirectly, in predominantly helpful ways according to the findings in this study. The study and the research methodology is critiqued from a postmodern perspective on language, a reflection on what constitutes knowledge and influences on the researcher, in particular with respect to the bracketing aspect of the phenomenological reduction (Wertz 2005). Implications from the research for the practice of psychotherapy are discussed, and suggestions for further research are put forward. Finally, strengths and weaknesses of the study are examined.
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90398
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorMcSherry, Tonyen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T14:45:11Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-22T14:45:11Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90398-
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the question ‘how does supervision affect client work for trainee psychotherapists?’ A review of the literature indicates that this topic is given relatively little attention in supervision research. The question has emerged from the researcher’s experience of individual supervision as a requirement on an academic programme of study in training to be a psychotherapist. The study employs an empirical, or descriptive, phenomenological research methodology after Giorgi and Giorgi (2003). The philosophical foundations to this methodology are outlined and contrasted with the hermeneutic tradition in phenomenology (Von Eckartsberg 1998). Seven participants were interviewed for the research, four of whom were on the same programme of study as the researcher, and one of whom was a colleague from a practice placement. The researcher’s stance with respect to how he influenced the research process, including his understanding of what comprises ‘knowledge’ is examined where relevant as part of the study. Findings indicate a concurrence with the literature on the importance of the supervisory relationship in learning to become a psychotherapist. Supervision can affect client work both directly and indirectly, in predominantly helpful ways according to the findings in this study. The study and the research methodology is critiqued from a postmodern perspective on language, a reflection on what constitutes knowledge and influences on the researcher, in particular with respect to the bracketing aspect of the phenomenological reduction (Wertz 2005). Implications from the research for the practice of psychotherapy are discussed, and suggestions for further research are put forward. Finally, strengths and weaknesses of the study are examined.en
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dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectClient worken
dc.subjectSupervisionen
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen
dc.titleHow does supervision affect client work for trainee psychotherapists?en
dc.typeThesisen
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