Exploring the role and experience of Approved Mental Health Professionals

Vicary, Sarah (2016). Exploring the role and experience of Approved Mental Health Professionals. In: Inaugural UK Mental Disability Law Conference, 30 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Nottingham, UK.

Abstract

This paper discusses a current doctoral study which is exploring the role and experiences of AMHPs. In particular the paper will discuss one aspect namely the emotional and psychological experiences of practitioners when undertaking this role in order to explore any similarities or differences.

This part of the doctoral research aimed to explore the question what impact, if any, does professional background have upon the role and experiences of Approved Mental Health Professionals. Based on the qualitative methodology Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith et al. 2009) and using semi- structured interviews including the drawing and description of a rich picture (Checkland 1981) this paper discusses that practitioners, regardless of their professional background, use emotion. Findings will be illustrated by drawings produced by the participants.

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