'It's about having exposure to this': investigating the training needs of therapists in relation to the issue of anomalous experiences

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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.
AuthorsRoxburgh, E. and Evenden, R. E.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsAnomalous experiences; Focus groups; Counselling training; Students; Qualitative methods
Year2016
Journal citation4 (5), pp. 540-549
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0306-9885
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/03069885.2016.1213375
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2016.1213375
Related URLhttp://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34619/
Publication dates
Online26 Jul 2016
Publication process dates
Accepted06 Jul 2016
Deposited24 Jan 2020
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