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Original languageEnglish
JournalReflective Practice
Journal publication date1 Nov 2017
StateIn preparation - 1 Nov 2017


Despite many Clinical Psychology training programmes utilizing reflective practice groups as the preferred method to develop reflective practice skills, there remains little research examining the experiences of such groups from a trainee perspective. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to explore the experiences of eight qualified Clinical Psychologists who attended reflective practice groups on one Clinical Psychology training programme in the United Kingdom. A purposive sample was recruited for a single, semi-structured interview. Five superordinate themes were identified: ‘The process: there were so many layers’; ‘The impact: an ongoing process’; ‘Commitment: I hated it, but I still went’; ‘The facilitator: a presence who was not always present’ and ‘Getting through it: finding ways to cope’. The findings illustrate the varied and complex experiences of the participants. Whilst the experience was often difficult, participants appeared committed to attending and sought out ways to navigate the experience. The results are conceptualised in terms of existing psychological theory and literature. A critique of the research and suggestions for future studies are offered, including exploring the views of the facilitators of such groups and comparing how groups are utilized within different training programmes. Recommendations are made relating to the development of future reflective practice groups, which include consideration of the style of facilitation and the frequency and size of the group.

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