A contribution to developing the counselling and psychotheraphy profession: a reflexive action research study
Lees, John (2005) A contribution to developing the counselling and psychotheraphy profession: a reflexive action research study. PhD thesis, University of Greenwich.Full text not available from this repository.
This study has a manifest and a latent aspect. The manifest aspect tells a story about some key developments within the counselling and psychotherapy professions in recent years. I begin by looking at three phenomena which have been referred to as Schoolism, the research-practice gap and the hierarchy of evidence.
I argue that it is important to address these phenomena as the profession moves towards statutory registration under the aegis of the Health Professions Council. I also argue that, in order to achieve this and develop a cohesive profession, traditional research methodologies which the profession promotes in, for example, such journals as Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, need to be supplemented by ‘psychotherapeutic’ research methodologies (or what, in academic terms I have referred to as reflexive action research).
I use psychotherapeutic/reflexive action research methodology as an integrating framework for examining professional experiential data with a view to bringing about change and transformation within the profession and as a way of incorporating a bricolage of methodologies - autobiographical and autoethnographic, heuristic, narrative, deconstructive, phenomenological, reflexive and action research.
The latent aspect of the study engages in a discursive examination of some key discourses and knowledge systems within the profession. In so doing, I argue for an approach to research which emancipates practitioners from the confining web of professional discourses and methodological systems so that they can get in touch with their lived embodied professional experience.
I thus examine the powerful influence of professional discourses, including my own, and incorporate the principles of critical theory as a means of becoming aware of the influence of these discourses and encouraging practitioners to liberate themselves from them in order to promote change and transformation within the profession. All aspects of the study are influenced by my core belief - a spiritual monistic belief system called Anthroposophy.
|Item Type:||Thesis (PhD)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||counselling profession, psychotherapy profession, professional practice,|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Health & Social Care|
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
|Last Modified:||23 Aug 2012 13:21|
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