Perceptions of psychotherapy trainees of psychotherapy research

Widdowson, MDJ ORCID: 2012, 'Perceptions of psychotherapy trainees of psychotherapy research' , Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 12 (3) , pp. 178-186.

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The research-practice gap and lack of engagement with research by trainees and qualified therapists is a widely discussed issue amongst psychotherapy researchers. The present study investigates the perceptions of psychotherapy trainees of psychotherapy research and explores what would encourage them to participate in research. Method: Two focus groups of 16 trainees in total were conducted at two separate psychotherapy training institutes to explore trainees’ attitudes and perceptions. Data was analysed using Braun and Clarke’s (2006) thematic analysis. Results: Three superordinate themes emerged: negative perception of research; recognition of the importance of research; and what would be needed to facilitate engagement in research. Discussion: The results suggest that interest in and willingness to participate in research exists, however it is necessary for negative perceptions about research to be addressed and for researchers to design projects which are supportive of participants.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1473-3145
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Mark Widdowson
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2014 16:37
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 15:17

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