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Psychotherapist development of trainee and qualified psychologists within the South African context : a qualitative study

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dc.contributor.advisor Hoelson, C. N. (Christopher Norman), 1952-
dc.contributor.advisor Fourie, Eduard Laidlaw, Christine 2019-12-05T10:04:39Z 2019-12-05T10:04:39Z 2018-01
dc.description.abstract This qualitative study aimed to trace the psychotherapeutic development of clinical and counselling psychologists across the careerspan within the South African context. Through purposive sampling 34 psychologists were recruited according to the inclusion criteria of the study. Five distinct career levels were explored, namely, student (n=10), intern (n=7), early career (n=7), experienced (n=5), and senior (n=5) psychologists in relation to the Society of Psychotherapy Research’s international model of psychotherapist development. By means of semi-structured interviews, couched in the social constructionist position, participants’ experiences were thematically analysed from over 600 pages of transcription. Additionally, the researcher’s personal journey of developing as a psychotherapist was reflected upon. The current study found that a number of aspects fostered the development of psychotherapists. Participants reflected on personal and familial wounding events that influenced them choosing a career as a psychologist; this awareness was gradual over their development. Across theoretical orientations, participants resisted adhering to one way of working in light of the diverse South African context. However, the need to limit the number of theoretical orientations taught within the first months of training was proposed. Professional sources of influence highlighted by participants were personal therapy and peer supervision or reading groups. Qualified professionals to a lesser extent made use of individual supervision which when pursued needed to be a ‘felt’ collaboration. Participants found as they developed they became more comfortable being a psychotherapist however the complexity of cases still kept them humble. Limitations of the study, potential future research directions as well as recommendations for practicing clinical and counselling psychology were outlined. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 466 leaves) : color illustrations, color photographs
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Clinical psychologists
dc.subject Counselling psychologists
dc.subject Psychology trainees
dc.subject Psychology training
dc.subject Psychotherapist development
dc.subject Teaching of psychology
dc.subject.ddc 616.89140715
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapists -- Training of -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Psychologists -- Training of -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Clinical psychologists -- Training of -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapists -- South Africa -- Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapists -- Supervision of -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapists -- South Africa -- Psychology
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapists -- Professional ethics -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Social constructionism -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Self-actualization (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Internship programs -- South Africa
dc.title Psychotherapist development of trainee and qualified psychologists within the South African context : a qualitative study en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Psychology Ph. D. (Psychology)

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