Mentoring trainee psychologists: learning from lived experience

Prytherch, H., Lea, L. and Richardson, M. (2018) Mentoring trainee psychologists: learning from lived experience. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. ISSN 1755-6228.

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Abstract

Purpose – To examine service-users’ experiences of mentoring trainee clinical psychologists as part of an involvement initiative on a doctoral training course.

Methodology – Seven service-users were paired with trainee clinical psychologists. Pairs met for one hour monthly over 6 months. Meetings were unstructured, lacked a formal agenda and were not evaluated academically. All seven mentors were interviewed. They
were asked about positive and negative experiences, as well as about the support provided. Transcripts were subject to thematic analysis and themes were reviewed by mentors in a follow-up meeting.

Findings - Overall, results demonstrate that service-users can be involved in training in a way that they find meaningful and contributes to their recovery. Seven themes were identified: Giving hope and optimism; making a difference; personal and professional
development; the process; practicalities/ logistics; support (positives); support (areas for improvement).

Practical implications – The importance of designing involvement initiatives in a way which implicitly supports service-user values was highlighted. Recommendations for designing effective support structures are given. Authors were also involved in the scheme
which could have introduced bias.

Originality/value – Research exploring service-users’ experiences of involvement in training health professionals is limited. This was the first study to explore in depth service users’ perspectives of involvement in a scheme such as the Mentoring Scheme. If
initiatives are to seriously embrace the values of the service-user movement then seeking service-users’ perspectives is vital.

Paper type: Research Paper

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental health training; service-user involvement; mentoring; buddy; lived experience experience
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Ms Laura Lea-Wilson
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 09:38
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16972

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