Assessing the perceived limitations of Reflexive Groups for supporting Clergy in the Church of England
AuthorsGubi, Peter M.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractFor this research, eight Church of England Bishops’ Advisors for Pastoral Care and Counselling were interviewed to ascertain the limitations of Reflexive Groups (RGs). The data were analysed using a thematic analysis. One superordinate theme emerged: Hindrances, along with 10 subordinate themes. An online survey was then sent to RG participants (n=64), to see if their experiences matched those limitations identified by the Bishops’ Advisors. The data reveal that RGs are perceived as limited by the inability of clergy to commit to the time; it was scary for participants to be vulnerable with others; sometimes the needs of some participants were too big and could sabotage the group; dual relationships could cause complexity and hinder sharing; prayer; being sent by a Bishop or Archdeacon; the open agenda and style of facilitation does not suit some people; and sometimes there are struggles with expectations.
CitationGubi, P.M. (2017). Assessing the perceived limitations of Reflexive Groups for supporting Clergy in the Church of England. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 19(7): 769-780
PublisherTaylor & Francis
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mental Health, Religion and Culture on 18th January 2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2017.1279130
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