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ERIC Number: EJ898593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
"If That's What I Need, It Could Be What Someone Else Needs." Exploring the Role of Attachment and Reflective Function in Counselling Psychologists' Accounts of How They Use Personal Therapy in Clinical Practice: A Mixed Methods Study
Rizq, Rosemary; Target, Mary
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v38 n4 p459-481 Nov 2010
Empirical evidence supporting the inclusion of mandatory training therapy for therapists is sparse. We present results from a mixed methods study designed to interrogate how counselling psychologists' attachment status and levels of reflective function (RF) intersect with how they experience, recall and describe using personal therapy in clinical practice. Results suggest that securely-attached, or earned secure participants with ordinary or marked levels of RF used their therapy to manage feelings evoked by difficult or challenging clients. Insecurely-attached participants with lower levels of RF found therapy valuable in terms of behavioural modelling, but not in managing complex process issues. Negative case analysis found that high levels of RF may not be uniformly advantageous for therapists. The study concludes with a brief discussion of issues relating to epistemology, validity and reflexivity. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A