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The path towards a professional identity: An IPA study of Greek family therapy trainees

Fragkiadaki, Evangelia; Triliva, Sofia; Balamoutsou, Sophia; Prokopiou, Achilleas

Authors

Eva Fragkiadaki Eva.Fragkiadaki@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Sofia Triliva

Sophia Balamoutsou

Achilleas Prokopiou



Abstract

Objective: Contemporary psychotherapy research has focused mainly on practitioners' training and education. The impact of training on professional development and the application of therapeutic skills have been the primary foci of the empirical literature. The aim of this paper is to present the experiences of seven family therapy trainees regarding their personal paths toward the development of professional identity as they underwent training in systemic psychotherapy. Method: In-depth interviews were conducted and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results & Conclusions: Seven themes were identified: The Quest, Developing by Relating, Learnings, Personification of Training, Use of Self, Self-Care and Empowerment, and Reflecting on the Role of the Therapist. The findings are discussed with regard to the development of the 'therapist as a person', gaining acknowledgement and autonomy, and the development of a community of therapeutic practice. © 2013 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Citation

Fragkiadaki, E., Triliva, S., Balamoutsou, S., & Prokopiou, A. (2013). The path towards a professional identity: An IPA study of Greek family therapy trainees. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 13(4), 290-299. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733145.2013.768287

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 25, 2013
Publication Date Dec 1, 2013
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 12, 2019
Journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Print ISSN 1473-3145
Electronic ISSN 1746-1405
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Pages 290-299
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14733145.2013.768287
Keywords Applied Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychiatry and Mental health
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/2756301

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Fragkiadaki, E., Triliva, S., Balamoutsou, S., & Prokopiou, A. (2013). The path towards a professional identity: An IPA study of Greek family therapy trainees. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 13(4), 290-299., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1080/14733145.2013.768287. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving







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