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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Nabal, Venessa
Email vnabal@mweb.co.za
URN etd-02032010-175633
Document Title Living the theory : an enquiry into the development of a psychotherapist in training
Degree Master of Arts
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr G Viljoen Supervisor
  • experiential learning
  • post modernism
  • trauma
  • trainee psychotherapist
  • supervision
  • action reseach
  • social constructionism
  • self-reflection
  • living theory
  • living contradiction
  • values
Date 2009-09-01
Availability unrestricted

This dissertation explores the experiences of a psychotherapist in training. Psychotherapeutic training can be described as taxing, because personal change often results from the process, and change can be difficult. This study is an action research enquiry that focused on a living theory methodology. A living theory enquiry strives to find answers to the question of how to improve the practice (in this dissertation, the practice of sychotherapy). In order to find answers to this question, the researcher embarks on a journey of reflective awareness, which highlights whether he or she is able to practise in accordance with his or her personal values. An explicit awareness of both personal and professional values is essential in a living theory enquiry. A living contradiction occurs when a person is unable to consolidate his or her personal and professional values. A living contradiction has a negative impact on a practitioner’s well-being, which may in turn influence how that person practises psychotherapy. This dissertation explores such a living contradiction which the researcher experienced during her training as a psychotherapist. A subtext of the dissertation can be described as the Narrative of a psychotherapist (in training) dealing with personal trauma.

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Naval, V 2009, Living the theory : an enquiry into the development of a psychotherapist in training, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-02032010-175633/ >


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