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Subject/Keyword
meditation
mindful therapy
therapist mindfulness
Buddhism
mindfulness
reflective practice
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Wiley, Jane
Supervisor and department
Dr. Sophie Yohani (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Derek Truscott (Educational Psychology)
Dr. David Kahane (Political Science)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-09-23T18:05:50Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Counselling psychology is increasingly curious regarding the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. This research explores the relationship between the clinical work of psychotherapists and their long-term Buddhist-informed meditation. This is an emerging and cross-cultural field. Thorne's (2008) interpretive description guided this exploratory qualitative study of the experiences of four registered psychologists. This study finds that meditation supports an unconditional, compassionate therapeutic stance that serves therapy through the development of the therapeutic relationship. Further, Buddhist-informed meditation appears to promote integrative functioning in the therapists and is related to integrated clinical decision-making. This study dips into areas of transpersonal and Buddhist psychology that require further culturally-sensitive investigation. Future directions for research are presented.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R36H7J
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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