'It's about having exposure to this': investigating the training needs of therapists in relation to the issue of anomalous experiences
Roxburgh, E. and Evenden, R. E. 2016. 'It's about having exposure to this': investigating the training needs of therapists in relation to the issue of anomalous experiences. 4 (5), pp. 540-549.
|Authors||Roxburgh, E. and Evenden, R. E.|
Two focus groups, consisting of six participants each, were conducted to explore the training needs of therapists when working with clients reporting anomalous experiences (AEs). AEs are those that ‘depart from our own familiar personal experiences or from the more usual, ordinary, and expected experiences of a given culture and time’ [Braud, W. (2012). Health and well-being benefits of exceptional human experiences. In C. Murray (Ed.), Mental health and anomalous experience (pp. 107–124). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.]. A thematic analysis revealed four themes: ‘Quite often we get taken by surprise because it’s a subject we don’t talk about’, ‘It’s just having this in our vocabulary’, ‘Demystifying and valuing AEs as normal human experiences’ and ‘To ask or not to ask?’. Most of the participants felt that they were unequipped to work with clients reporting AEs and suggestions were made for overcoming this.
|Keywords||Anomalous experiences; Focus groups; Counselling training; Students; Qualitative methods|
|Journal citation||4 (5), pp. 540-549|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/03069885.2016.1213375|
|Online||26 Jul 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||06 Jul 2016|
|Deposited||24 Jan 2020|
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