Experiences of Rural Professional Psychological Practice in Alberta: Nominate a Rural Psychologist

Title: Experiences of Rural Professional Psychological Practice in Alberta: Nominate a Rural Psychologist

Description: The purpose of this dissertation research study is to understand what it is like to be a psychologist working in or commuting to rural communities when they are not originally from the community and to explore how they experience developing helpful relationships with rural clients. This study also explores what it is like to be a rural client receiving services in their community from a psychologist not originally from their community and what it is like to develop a therapeutic relationship with that provider. Research holds that the therapeutic alliance is key to successful outcomes but that developing relationships in rural communities may be more difficult, especially for outsider providers. For the purpose of this recruitment phase, the researcher is inviting CPA members to nominate a rural psychologist who you believe is successful in rural practice and who is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists, to be a participant in this study. To nominate a rural psychologist practicing in Alberta, please send their publicly available information (i.e., work contact) to Laura Friesen at Lsfriese@ualberta.ca. Nominated psychologists will then be contacted and invited to participate in this study. Nominator information will not be shared with potential participants and participants may freely choose to participate with no negative consequences should they opt out

Specifics:
Study Population: This study is inviting individuals to nominate a Registered Psychologist who is registered and working in Alberta, who has at least one year of experience living and working in or commuting to rural communities when they are not from that community.

Participant Obligation: Participants in this study will be asked to take part in an online video (Zoom 5.0) interview. Two interviews may be needed to complete the interview. Participants will be asked to complete several simple pre-interview activities (PIAs).

Location: This study will be conducted online - Edmonton and will recruit participants across Alberta, Canada.

Project lead: Laura Friesen, Supervisor: Dr. Sophie Yohani

Study Dates: February 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021