The person-in-environment perspective: a study of the lived experience of practitioners working in a counselling role in the Western Australian prison system

Deborah Denton

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Abstract

This research described the lived experience of counsellors working in Western Australian prisons and explored their understanding of their professional identity. Thematic analysis of interview data suggested that counsellors were embedded within a 'testing' system and environment , due primarily to the prisons' dual purposes of security and control, and treatment and rehabilitation. This tension created anxiety for some in terms of their being able to operationalise a remedial role. Some practitioners appeared better able than others to manage the stresses of the role. This ability related to personal existential/ experiential factors, and/or to structural and cultural influences within specific prisons.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date19 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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