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Going the extra mile: a qualitative analysis of the experiences of clinicians working within the assessment, consultation and therapeutic service (ACTS)

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dc.contributor.advisor Coughlan, Barry
dc.contributor.author Webster, Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-04T14:53:48Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-04T14:53:48Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9722
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Residential child care has a long and ignoble history both in Ireland and throughout many parts of the Western World. A small but established field of research exists within the sector. The qualitative studies in the area tend to highlight various phenomena within residential child care while providing little context for those phenomena. The qualitative studies tend to provide more context for the phenomena and reflect the multifaceted nature of residential child care and how the answers to the questions about residential child care tend to depend significantly on who is asked.. The Assessment Consultation and Therapeutic Service (ACTS) was established to provide clinical services to young people residing in special care residential centres and detention centres in Ireland. Method: The study aimed to capture the experiences of clinicians working within the ACTS service. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 11 ACTS clinicians who are based in each of the three regional centres of ACTS and in each of the professional disciplines represented within the service. Results: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis approach was utilised and three superordinate themes entitled ‘The Journey’, ‘The Path’ and ‘The Passengers’ were identified under the heading of ‘Going the Extra Mile’. Discussion: The findings are discussed in the context of relevant therapeutic approaches and previous research within the field. The application of the findings of the current study to further research, clinical practice, education and policy are discussed. The strengths and limitations of the study as well as the reflections of the primary researcher are also discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject residential child care en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject clinicians en_US
dc.title Going the extra mile: a qualitative analysis of the experiences of clinicians working within the assessment, consultation and therapeutic service (ACTS) en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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