Workplace bullying from the perspectives of trainee clinical psychologists

Lan Rachel Brown*, Barbara Mason, Madeline Carter

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Research has identified that workplace bullying is a significant problem within healthcare, with healthcare trainees at particular risk. The aim of the current study was to explore the experiences of workplace bullying from the perspectives of trainee clinical psychologists.
Fourteen trainee clinical psychologists recruited from British universities participated in semi-structured telephone interviews. Qualitative data was analysed using thematic analysis.
The analysis generated four main themes: workplace bullying ‘activating threat responses’, the process of trainee clinical psychologists ‘making sense of bullying’, ‘difficulties navigating power within the system’ when experiencing and reporting bullying, and ‘finding safety and support’ within and outside of work contexts.
This is the first known study of workplace bullying specifically within clinical psychology. The research has implications for guidance for training institutions and professional bodies associated with trainee mental health professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2020


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