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An exploration of cognitive behavioural therapy training

Jenkins, Hannah 2017. An exploration of cognitive behavioural therapy training. ClinPsy Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

This thesis contains an exploration of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training. Paper one consists of a systematic review of 13 studies exploring the experience of CBT training. Findings were categorised into four themes; the exploration of Self-practice/Self-reflection, internal processes throughout CBT training, perceived effective components of CBT training, and general satisfaction with CBT training. Overall the findings concluded that CBT training is experienced in a relatively positive way, however, the journey can be difficult for students at times. The review revealed a clear gap in the literature regarding the general experience of CBT training, with no imposed focuses or pre-conceived themes. Implications for students, training course providers and commissioners are discussed. Paper two describes an empirical study conducted on eight students pre and post their postgraduate Diploma in CBT. Personal construct theory and the repertory grid technique were employed to capture students’ experience of training and their construal of their personal and professional development. Findings reported that whilst participants construed themselves as closer to ‘desirable’ elements post training, these differences were not statistically significant. A statistical difference was observed however, in participants’ perception of an ‘Ideal therapist’ post training. Implications for CBT training programmes are discussed and findings related to the political context both in Wales and the rest of the UK. Paper three presents a critical reflection and evaluation of the first two papers, including the authors’ personal reflections on the research process overall and her own experience of postgraduate, professional training in Clinical Psychology.

Item Type: Thesis (DClinPsy)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 September 2017
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2018 01:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104375

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