SA Journal of Industrial Psychology
On-line version ISSN 2071-0768
GUSE, Tharina. Positive Psychology and the training of psychologists: students' perspectives. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2010, vol.36, n.2, pp. 1-6. ISSN 2071-0768.
ORIENTATION: The development of positive psychology interventions have burgeoned internationally and are relevant to the professional training of psychologists RESEARCH PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to explore the personal and professional impact of including positive psychology in the professional training of clinical and counselling psychologists. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: It is not known how students previously educated in a pathogenic paradigm experience the exposure to positive psychology, and resultant paradigm shift, as part of their professional training RESEARCH DESIGN, APPROACH AND METHOD: A qualitative research design was implemented. Data consisted of written documents submitted by the participants and was analyzed by means of thematic analysis. MAIN FINDINGS: Integrating positive psychology in the professional training curriculum was valuable and enriching on both a professional and personal level. The participants reported an experience of positive emotions and increased sense of self-understanding and psychological well-being. Professionally they experienced a sense of increased self-efficacy. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: Positive psychology should be considered as part of the basic training of psychologists since it may enhance the development of trainee psychologists' professional self, enhance aspects of psychological well-being as well as prevent stress and burnout. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: This is the first South African study to explore the impact of including positive psychology principles and interventions in professional training.
Keywords : psychofortology; psychological well-being; professional training; psychotherapy; qualitative research.