Invisible Diversity: Exploring the Experiences of Trainee Clinical Psychologists from a Mixed White Ethnic Background
Murat, Nermin Tulay
There is limited research examining the identities and experiences of those from mixed ethnic backgrounds and the research literature is almost non-existent for those who are from a mixed white ethnic (MWE) background. The existent evidence base in regards to the experiences of clinical psychology training of those from minority ethnic groups is focused on Black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds. This study therefore aimed to gain insight into the experiences of trainee clinical psychologists from a mixed white ethnic background, raising awareness of these individuals and their needs in the clinical psychology training arena. This study adopted a qualitative approach where eight participants were recruited and in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted. Interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Three main themes emerged from participants’ accounts: ‘the double edged sword of invisible difference’, ‘uncovering the undercurrents of difference’ and ‘that which is sought and gained’. These findings are discussed in relation to the existing literature and clinical implications are presented. Methodological considerations and areas for future research are also considered. This study makes contribution to a sparsely researched area and provides rich insight into the experiences of trainee clinical psychologists from a MWE backgrounds. It is hoped the material presented here will encourage further thought, debate and study of this area.