Hurting and healing in therapeutic environments: how can we understand the role of the relational context?

Clarke, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-6708-0194, 2016. Hurting and healing in therapeutic environments: how can we understand the role of the relational context? In: 6th Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference, Chania, Greece, 25-27 May 2016.

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Abstract

It has long been recognized that relationships are key to good mental health service delivery and yet the quality of the relational context between staff and clients, and between service users, remains poorly understood. This symposium brings together three studies that utilize very different methodologies to explore the various ways in which a process of therapeutic change can be aided or prevented by contextual relational factors. All three studies took place within the context of therapeutic communities. The first abstract by Dr Jenelle Clarke uses narrative ethnography and interaction ritual theory to explain how the mechanisms of everyday interaction rituals in two therapeutic communities, such as community meetings and smoking breaks, transform negative feeling into a sense of belonging and long-lasting emotions such as confidence. The second abstract by Dr Ruth Brown used grounded theory to explore how the relational setting and the altered context of the researcher in a therapeutic faith community environment induced either a positive or negative quality of relationships (labeled 'salugenic' or 'pathogenic'). The final abstract by Dr Simon Clarke uses a novel autoethnographic methodology to inform understanding of the relational experience of mental health treatment by comparing and contrasting multiple perspectives of different treatment environments.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Clarke, S.
Date: May 2016
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 Mar 2018 12:04
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 12:07
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32992

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