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“I had no idea this shame piece was in me”: Couple and Family Therapists' Experience with Learning an Evidence-Based Practice
Counseling Faculty Publications
  • Robert Allan, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
  • Virginia Eatough, University of London
  • Michael Ungar, Dalhousie University
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This study reports on the experience of shame while learning an evidencebased approach to working with couples or families. Couple and family therapists were interviewed about their experience with learning and using an evidence-based practice (EBP) and the data was analyzed using a phenomenological approach called interpretative phenomenological analysis. The theme of shame emerged from a number of research participants as part of their development with the EBP they were integrating into their practice. Starting with an exploration of the participants’ experiences and the impact of shame, the paper will then link these experiences with the psychological and sociological research literature about shame.
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Allan, R., Eatough, V., & Ungar, M. “I had no idea this shame piece was in me”: Couple and family therapists’ experience with learning an evidence-based practice. Cogent Psychology 3(1), 1-16. doi: 10.1080/23311908.2015.1129120