Participant Information Sheet

Study title: Clinical psychologists' experiences of exploring and addressing 'context' in formulation and intervention

My name is Heather Spankie and I am conducting this research as a student on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom.

What is the study about?

The importance of the wider context of clients' lives has been well evidenced and is recognised in guidance for clinical psychologists. The purpose of this research is to explore how this fits within current practice.

Qualified clinical psychologists are sought to take part in a qualitative study aiming to find out about experiences and opinions regarding the exploration of 'context' in formulations and/or relevance to interventions. I hope to find out what is understood by 'context' and explore its relevance to clinical practice.

Participants must have been practicing within the last 12 months in order to comment on current practice.

What does the study involve?

If you decide you would like to take part, you would be asked to attend one interview which will last around 30 minutes to one hour which would be digitally recorded and later transcribed. As this study is nationwide, face to face interviews will be offered if possible in the North West of England and otherwise conducted by telephone or Skype.

To receive a participant information sheet, request more information or arrange to take part, please contact the researcher at h.spankie@lancaster.ac.uk or 07508375665.

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