The views of trainee clinical psychologists and student nurses about the involvement of clients with a learning disability in their training

Donna Paxton, Karen McKenzie, Daphne Loads, Elaine Kwaitek, Liz MacGregor

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Abstract

The present study compares the views of trainee clinical psychologists (n=31) and student nurses (n=15) about user involvement in formal teaching. The study found no significant differences between group views. Eighty-two percent of the all participants thought that user involvement was important, but only 29% had had such involvement in their own teaching. Of these, the mean rating of usefulness was 2.2, indicating that it was not perceived as being particularly useful. The group were significantly more likely to identify the area of ‘service provision’ as an area of teaching for clients to be involved in and ‘gaining client perspective’ as a benefit of user involvement in teaching. Client difficulties, such as communication were identified by a significant number of participants as a drawback of involving clients in teaching. The implications of these findings, in terms of promoting meaningful user involvement in formal training programmes are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
JournalClinical Psychology Forum
Volume42
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004

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