Integrating complementary and alternative therapies into psychological practice : A qualitative analysis

Wilson, Lee-Ann M. & White, Katherine M. (2011) Integrating complementary and alternative therapies into psychological practice : A qualitative analysis. Australian Journal of Psychology, 63(4), pp. 232-242.

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Although complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) are utilised widely for treating psychological disorders, little research has examined psychologists' beliefs about integrating CAT into psychological practice. Six practicing psychologists and six psychology students were interviewed about their CAT integration beliefs, in particular integrating CAT into clinical practice via recommending CATs, offering referrals to CAT practitioners, or undertaking training to utilise CATs within psychological practice. Guided broadly from a theory of planned behaviour perspective, participants raised a number of costs and benefits, discussed referent groups who would influence their decisions, and suggested motivators and barriers for integration. A number of additional themes were raised, including risks, such as the possibility of litigation and the need for clear Society guidelines, as most participants were unclear about what constitutes appropriate practice. Identifying these themes serves as an important initial step to informing discussion and policy for this emerging practice issue within psychology.

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ID Code: 48995
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: attitudes - beliefs and values, clinical/counselling psychology, discipline issues, ethical issues, health attitudes and behaviour
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00022.x
ISSN: 1742-9536 (online) 0004-9530 (print)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Australian Psychological Society
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2012 00:41
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2012 00:41

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