Assessing the perceived value of Reflexive Groups for supporting Clergy in the Church of England
AuthorsGubi, Peter M.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractLittle research has been conducted to assess the effectiveness of reﬂexive groups in supporting clergy. For this research, eight Church of England Bishops’ Advisors for Pastoral Care and Counselling were interviewed to ascertain the value of reﬂexive groups. These data were analysed using a thematic analysis. Two superordinate themes emerged: Contextual issues and Beneﬁts, along with 20 subordinate themes. An online survey, consisting of questions that came from the Bishops’ Advisors data, was then sent to reﬂexive group participants (n=64), to see if their experiences matched those beneﬁts identiﬁed by the Bishops’ Advisors. The data from 37 participants was statistically analysed. The data from both sets of participants reveal that reﬂexive groups are psychologically beneﬁcial to clergy. The research concludes that the implementation of reﬂexive groups as a way of developing self-awareness and enculturating attitudes towards resilience and self-care is important to foster psychologically and spiritually healthy practice.
CitationGubi, P. M. (2016). Assessing the perceived value of reflexive groups for supporting clergy in the Church of England. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 19(4), 350-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2016.1197194
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mental Health, Religion and Culture on 18-7-16, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2016.1197194
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