Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

628

Author

Divya Kannan

Date

2012

Date of Award

7-6-2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Psychology

Concentration

Clinical Psychology

Committee Chair

Robert Neimeyer

Committee Member

Heidi Levitt

Committee Member

William Whelton

Committee Member

Neil Aronov

Abstract

Research on how therapists-in-training experience their development and education has been gaining attention in the psychotherapy literature. In this study, developing therapists were interviewed about their experience of self-criticism related to psychotherapy practice and these interviews were subjected to a grounded theory analysis generating a model of these self-critical processes. Results highlighted the intensity of self-criticism in therapists' training experiences, especially when they related to their clients from an "expert role." The results also described ways in which self-criticism is mitagted by a sense of interpersonal safety and clinical freedom and flexibility in therapists' training. The implications for future psychotherapy research and clinical training are discussed, supported by guidelines for supervisors and trainees on how to address self-criticism within academic training environments.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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