Clinical supervision and complementary therapists: an exploration of the rewards and challenges of cancer care.
AffiliationUniversity of Derby (Buxton Campus), UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
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AbstractAIM: The study explored the experiences of therapists working in cancer care settings and more specifically, the value of clinical supervision. METHODOLOGY: Invitations for therapists to participate in three focus groups were sent to five cancer care settings. Each group responded to seven trigger questions, formulated from the literature review. Audiotapes were transcribed aided by notes taken during the sessions. FINDINGS: There were 15 therapists participated in the three groups. Themes and sub - themes were identified; these related to the rewards of being in a privileged and honoured position, the importance of prior experience and motivation, and supervision as a supportive resource. Participants acknowledged and explored shared experiences and identified common coping and 'taking care of self' strategies. LIMITATIONS: The participants were all from the North West of England cancer care centres with local support and supervision arrangements in place. Limited demographic details were collected. One group fell short of the recommended number of participants. CONCLUSION: This exploratory study identified that supervision was appreciated, with therapists reporting that the work itself helped sustain them. Individuals also reported that they used complementary therapies to manage work related stress.
CitationClinical supervision and complementary therapists: an exploration of the rewards and challenges of cancer care. 2010, 16 (3):143-8 Complement Ther Clin Pract
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice