Key need 1 Learning how to creatively and effectively use oneself in the treatment process is an important component of most forms of therapy training. This level of self-awareness is, however, often neglected in research, despite the centrality of the researcher to their work.

Personal Development
Personal development

The purpose with personal development in training is to increase awareness of how practitioners’ own personality, behaviour and cultural values can impact decision makings and relationships at work. This level of self-awareness is often neglected in research. This chapter places the researcher at the forefront and explores how prior personal and professional experiences are being integrated in both practice and research.

  • Frameworks for understanding
  • Reflective research
  • Critical reflection
  • Self-knowledge
  • Methodological approach
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Phenomenology
  • Mixed methods

The concept personal development is commonly used on training and staff development programmes to explore the ‘engine that drives us’. It revolves around the way we understand and integrate personal and professional experiences in our practice. In this chapter, we will approach systematic or ‘public’ research without losing sight of the researcher ...

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