How do Non-directive Play Therapists Experience their Work with Children in the Kenyan Context?

UoM administered thesis: Phd

  • Authors:
  • Aoko Awimbo

Abstract

This study explores the experiences of play therapists practicing in the coastal region of Kenya. The study adopted a qualitative approach using descriptive phenomenological method. Six respondents with a practical experience of at least three years participated in the study with the use of semi-structured interviews. The data was analysed using Giorgi's (1985) method of analysis because of its descriptive nature. Informed consent, confidentiality and non-maleficence ensured the overall wellness of the study participants' wellness. Anonymity and confidentiality safeguarded their data. The findings established that therapists in the region lack confidence to practice non-directive play therapy. It also established that retrogressive culture and lack of professional support were the major contributors to the lack of confidence among the therapists. The study recommends that therapists in the region enhance professional development.Chapters 5 and 6 discuss limitations of the study and areas for further research. In chapter 5, there is an in-depth reflexive statement on my personal learning and growth. Workshops and conference presentations will be the means to disseminate the findings as a contribution to the enhancement of play therapy.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Advisors
  • William West (Supervisor)
  • Elizabeth Ballinger (Supervisor)
Award date31 Dec 2016