This paper reports on a qualitative study exploring trainee clinical psychologists’ subjective experience of personal psychotherapy mandated in the context of professional training. Open-ended interviews were conducted with a sample (nine trainees) in their internship year of clinical psychology masters training. The participants had all undergone psychodynamically oriented clinical training at a specific university and spent between 11 and 16 months in personal therapy as a course requirement. The interviews focused on how this personal therapy impacted on the participants professional and personal development. A thematic content analysis procedure was used to analyse and interpret the interview data.
Despite being initially ambivalent and even resistant to mandated personal therapy, all of the participants reported that this had a positive impact on their personal and professional lives. At the personal level participants identified self-discovery, deeper self-knowledge and general personal growth. In terms of professional development, participants credited their therapy with providing containment and support, facilitating greater empathy with clients, promoting insight into countertransference dynamics, as well as serving an aspirational modelling function. Time, financial cost and the emotional strain of self-inquiry were mentioned as negative features of personal therapy. The implications of the findings for clinical psychology training, as well as the controversial ethical aspects of mandatory personal therapy are addressed in light of these findings.
"There is no such thing as marriage - merely two scapegoats sent out by their families to perpetuate themselves". Whittaker & Keith 1981. This presentation will explore the experience of Anxiety and Depression for both men and women, in the perinatal period. The perinatal period offers a unique opportunity to provide comprehensive care for parents diagnosed with perinatal Anxiety and/or Depression. There is significant evidence that the partner's risk for developing a related Anxiety or Depression, is increased from 4.8% to 36% at 6 weeks postnatally.
The birth of the democratic South Africa opened up the possibility of meeting with fellow citizens who had previously been kept apart. Since 1995 a model of infant-parent psychotherapy has been developed resulting in a mental health service which has come to be valued within the community.
Within the context of the recent natural disasters occurring around the world, attention has been focussed on trauma's psychological consequences. The trauma spotlighted here is on that of childhood maltreatment and the effects on subsequent adult life. Described in this paper are experiences of recovery from patient perspectives, and an examination of how these are different from, and interact with, representations of therapy derived from published expert theoristpractitioner experience. It is based on a phenomenological study of reports from seven women with histories of chronic childhood maltreatment. These women have since been through significant recovery from dissociative symptoms, and it is this part of their journey that was the focus of this research. From the data, two models are proposed.
For 1000 years during the beginning of Western medicine (500 B.C. - 500 A.D.,) of the hundreds of medical treatments offered at the time, only dream-based medicine was ubiquitously practiced throughout
Over the years, we as health care providers have proven that a good perinatal preparation, a good birthing process and a good postnatal care ensures the physical and mental well being of the newborn and his mother. A similar opportunity for quality outcome should be afforded at life`s final phase - preparation and a good 'gateway' for the dying person, as well as a good follow - up period of those left behind. A good death needs guidance to settle outstanding issues, to articulate values, beliefs and doubts and to live the remaining period of life in the fullest and most meaningful way. Early contact is pivotal to learn about our client and his life history. This time is needed to build our client`s trust, to endorse our commitment, and to collect the tools needed to guide him through the gateway and when taking his last breath. It is equally important to meet the immediate needs of his family and to develop the crucial trusting partnership that will ensure a good dying process for their loved one in setting of his choice, and a better acceptance of their loss. It is realistic to assume that people in the future will invest in their final time.
Lateral violence occurs when the violence associated with oppression is internalised by those who are oppressed, and redirected between the members of the oppressed group. Among Aboriginal and Torres
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent