Family of origin coaching for clinicians in a child and adolescent mental health service

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Renshall, K, Rhodes, P, Brown, J, Donnelly, M, Donnelly, H, Gosbee, M, Mence, M, Milic, M, Treanor, K & Wainer, D 2013, 'Family of origin coaching for clinicians in a child and adolescent mental health service', Contemporary Family Therapy, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 684-697.

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The role of the therapist as a person rather than only as a technician has become increasingly important in family therapy since the post-modern turn. Despite this there is a paucity of research exploring supervision models that focus on self-reflection, as opposed to clinical competence. This study documents the experience of a Family of Origin Coaching group, conducted with six clinicians and one supervisor working in a child and adolescent mental health service. A participatory action framework was used, with data analysed using grounded theory. A variety of benefits were reported, including personal development, an enhanced empathy towards clients and an ability to better cope with stressful team dynamics. Family of Origin coaching has the potential to yield benefits for clinicians as a compliment to traditional supervision. Issues of confidentiality and safety need to be addressed carefully, especially during times of organisational change or stress.

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