Democratic Approaches to Mental Healthcare in Which Therapeutic Relationships can Flourish

Closs, J. (2017). Democratic Approaches to Mental Healthcare in Which Therapeutic Relationships can Flourish. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)

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Abstract

An alternative approach to mental healthcare for severe mental illness called ‘open dialogue’ (OD) is currently being trialled in the NHS. My research used a qualitative
approach to develop understanding about the experiences of five families who had been using OD in the NHS. Each family was interviewed as a group and critical narrative
analysis was used to analyse each family’s experience. This resulted in a series of idiographic narratives, which were then considered from the theoretical perspectives of empowerment and objectification. The findings are then explored from the perspectives
of humanistic psychology and compassion. Possible applications of the research for the practice of OD are considered for professionals and users. Applications for the practice of counselling psychology are also considered, and ideas for future research are
suggested.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Social Sciences > Department of Psychology
City, University of London theses
City, University of London theses > School of Arts and Social Sciences theses
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18759

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