Theory, research, clinical practice and training: a virtuous circle through Social Cognitive Transactional Analysis

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Carla de Nitto
Susanna Bianchini
Maria Teresa Tosi


This presentation describes our view of research, strictly linked to clinical practice, in creating theoretical constructs, forming a virtuous circle within our training model, putting together quantitative and qualitative research. We consider our contribution as a meta-level reflection on research.

The Experiential Learning Model of Kolb and Fry (1975) will be used to explain the circular relation between research, theory, clinical practice and training. The authors state that learning, change and growth empower each other through a circular process based on four different aspects: Concrete Experience, Reflective Observation, Abstract Conceptualization and Active Experimentation. We will describe how these elements impact on the different activities that are part of this virtuous circle.

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de Nitto, C., Bianchini, S., & Teresa Tosi, M. (2013). Theory, research, clinical practice and training: a virtuous circle through Social Cognitive Transactional Analysis. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research & Practice, 4(1), 59-66.


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