Interprofessional education opportunities and attitudes among counselling psychology students at three Canadian universities

Kelly Davis, Nicole (2016) Interprofessional education opportunities and attitudes among counselling psychology students at three Canadian universities. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The purpose of this research was to explore and describe the perceptions and attitudes of graduate counselling students in three universities in Canada regarding interprofessional education (IPE) and collaboration. Understanding how counsellor training programs are preparing students to work collaboratively with other health care professionals was also explored. The data for this study was collected using the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) that was created by Parsell and Bligh (1999) and adapted by McFadyen, Webster, Strachan, Figgins, Brown & McKechnie (2005). Demographic questions such as age, sex, educational institution attended, year of program, and previous IP experiences and work in an IP environment were also collected. Three additional questions, developed by the research team, which related to perceptions of IP collaboration, were also included in this survey. Sixty-five graduate students (Masters and Doctoral) in the field of counselling psychology participated in this study. The results of this thesis indicated that counselling psychology students value IPE and collaboration. Counselling psychology students indicated that they believed that IPE and collaboration is beneficial to clients and is a crucial factor in delivering quality care. Another major finding indicated that students perceived that they had little opportunities during their graduate education to experience interdisciplinary collaboration. Implications for training and future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12372
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-72).
Keywords: interprofessional education, interprofessional collaboration, counselling psychology, readiness for interprofessional learning scale
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: October 2016
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Graduate students--Canada--Attitudes; Counseling psychology--Study and teaching (Graduate)--Canada; Interprofessional education--Canada; Interdisciplinary approach in education--Canada

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