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Lived experiences of supervision within the assistant psychology pilot scheme – an exploratory study

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dc.contributor.advisor Coughlan, Barry
dc.contributor.author Gavin, Jenny
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-05T14:19:08Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-05T14:19:08Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9743
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Research has highlighted the different ways in which supervision can facilitate skill acquisition and development. It also demonstrates the impact of poor supervision processes. However, existing literature focuses primarily on experiences of trainee psychologists. The current study aimed to explore the subjective lived experience of clinical supervisors and assistant psychologists being supervised within the pilot assistant psychology scheme in Ireland. The present study attempted to address the gap in the literature, highlight lived experiences, identify what is working well, unmet needs and challenges. Method: A qualitative design was utilised involving the completion of semi-structured interviews with participants. The researcher interviewed eight individuals, four were clinical supervisors and four were assistant psychologists. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim for analysis. Results: IPA was the chosen methodology for this research, and the analysis revealed a number of superordinate and subordinate themes for both groups. The superordinate themes for the clinical supervisor group included “Journey of Growth”, “Sense of Responsibility”, and “Challenges. The superordinate themes for the assistant psychology group included “Good Supervision” and “Negative Psychological Consequences”. Discussion: The study succeeded in addressing several gaps in the supervision literature. It provided greater insight into the experiences of clinical supervisors and assistant psychologists’ working within the pilot scheme. The results are discussed in relation to existing relevant literature, the study strengths and weaknesses are delineated, and several implications for clinical practice, education, training and future research are presented. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject psychologists en_US
dc.subject clinical supervisors en_US
dc.title Lived experiences of supervision within the assistant psychology pilot scheme – an exploratory study 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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