Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Personal growth and its role in the professional development of novice clinicians
by Smith, Whitney M., Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2016, 243; 10196173
Abstract (Summary)

This study used an inductive, qualitative content analysis to investigate what aspects or elements of personal growth influence professional development in first-year clinical psychology doctoral students. Fifty-three journal entries reflecting critical moments during clinical training were coded using consensual agreement and interpretative phenomenological analysis. This study found six core themes representing aspects or elements of personal growth influencing professional development: Hindering beliefs and experiences, uncertainty, emotional presence, cognitive shifts, experiential learning, and intent. These findings are discussed in relation to current literature. Implications of the findings, future directions for research, and personal reflections are included.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rosenberg, Joan
Commitee: Rutchick, Rebecca, deMayo, Robert
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Novice clinician, Personal development, Personal growth, Supervision, Training
Publication Number: 10196173
ISBN: 9781369355475
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