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dc.contributor.authorLorås, Lennart
dc.contributor.authorLindeman, Sari Kaarina
dc.contributor.authorBreden, Andreas
dc.contributor.authorHansen, Hege Almeland
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy (EJQRP). 2022, 12, 1-12en_US
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to explore how four professionals who are both therapists and academics experienced the process of becoming researchers. Within the framework of collaborative autoethnography, and guided by a phenomenological approach, the authors sought to gain a collective understanding of their shared experiences (Ngunjiri et al., 2010). Data gathering involved a two-step process in which all four researchers produced autobiographical transcripts (datasets) in response to the question “What are your experiences of becoming a researcher?” Through the application of reflexive thematic analysis, four themes emerged: (1) “The tensions within academia as a hierarchy”, (2) “The struggle to become an academic”, (3) “Finding meaning and satisfaction in a new career”, and (4) “Evolving a new identity”. All four participants emphasised the hierarchical structure of academic institutions and the prioritization of research over teaching, resulting in conflicts and tensions. Participants also highlighted the demands and difficulties they encountered during the transition from professional practice to academic research: setting aside time for research was often at the expense of other activities, and issues of financial security also emerged. Describing research as “a landscape that is difficult to navigate and in which it is easy to feel overwhelmed”, participants stressed the importance of support from those with more experience in the research arena. However, participants welcomed the opportunity to apply their practical experience as therapists to their research activities and to communicate research findings to those still in practice. All four described gaining a new identity through making the transition. They valued the resulting self-development, which was seen as an ongoing process involving openness to learning new things and diving into new and unfamiliar waters.en_US
dc.publisherEuropean Association for Integrative Psychotherapyen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectpost-graduate researchen_US
dc.subjectpractitioner researchen_US
dc.subjectacademic statusen_US
dc.subjectnovice researcheren_US
dc.subjectcollaborative autoethnographyen_US
dc.titleBeing a therapist - becoming a researcher: A collaborative autoethnography studyen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2022 The Author/sen_US
dc.source.journalEuropean Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy (EJQRP)en_US

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