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Conceptualisation of Therapeutic Presence and interpretation of the Therapeutic Presence Inventory – Therapist (NL) by Dutch therapists

Beernink, Susanne (2021) Conceptualisation of Therapeutic Presence and interpretation of the Therapeutic Presence Inventory – Therapist (NL) by Dutch therapists.

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Abstract:Presence is a state of being aware of and centered in oneself while maintaining attunement to and engagement with another person. The ability of a therapist to be fully present with and for the client in a therapy session, cultivates a safe and supportive relational connection, which allows for the client to open up. The Therapeutic Presence Inventory for therapists (TPI-T) has been developed to measure the level of TP amongst therapists. Considering the importance of this construct and the lack of such an outcome measure in the Netherlands, this study has systematically translated the TPI-T into Dutch and assessed the interpretation and understanding of the items amongst eleven Dutch therapists by using the Three-Step Test-Interview (TSTI). The TSTI is a cognitive method that allowed the researcher to observe subjects performing a think aloud method while completing the questionnaire. Together with additional probing and a semi-structured interview, the TSTI provided a thorough account of their response behaviour and their conceptualisation of TP. The findings demonstrate that therapists find the concept of TP highly relevant and see great potential for use in daily practice. There are however important issues concerning the TPI-T-NL, relating to vagueness of words and long, as well as double barrelled questions. At least four items need to be revised. Another issue was a feeling of resistance that some ‘spiritual’ words evoked. Further research needs to revise the questionnaire and take pre-existing knowledge and experience into consideration.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85896
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