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PhD Studentship: Team as Secure Base Model - Measuring Effectiveness

University of East Anglia - School of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,500.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 2nd November 2021
Closes: 25th January 2022
Reference: BiggartL_U22PSY

The Team as Secure Base model was developed as part of the Economic and Social Research Council-funded research project Emotional Intelligence in Social Work and is an adapted version of Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek’s Secure Base model used in foster care, adoption, residential care and schools.

The Team as Secure Base draws from social workers’ experiences and their articulation of what helps create trust as a foundation for effective teamworking (Biggart et al 2017).

The concept of the secure base comes from attachment theory (Bowlby, 1969) in which the characteristics of our relationships with significant others affects the development of trust Relationships which demonstrate availability, sensitivity to our needs, and reliability, provide us with a safe haven to return to when life is stressful. These relationships also contribute to our being able to access comforting internal mental models when we are physically away from significant others. 

Adults also draw upon their social networks in times of need to provide comfort and engage in reflective thinking to help manage their emotions. Secure attachments enable us to engage with the world and help us remain resilient when life is stressful. In the context of emotionally-demanding occupations, practice supervisors and their teams often provide a work-related secure base. 

The Team as Secure Base model can be used by supervisors and managers to reflect on how they can behave in a way to promote a secure base for their team across five different domains: availability, sensitivity, acceptance, cooperation, and team belonging.

This PhD will develop and test ways of measuring the effectiveness of the Team as Secure Base model at work. The successful applicant will have the quantitative skills to develop and test new measurement tools and the qualitative skills to explore and analyse the impact of the model on teamwork.

Primary Supervisor: Dr Laura Biggart

Start Date: 1 October 2022

For more information on this project, please visit www.uea.ac.uk 

https://www.uea.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate/research 

This PhD project is in a School of Psychology competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,500. 

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