Exploring the relationship between research and practice in mental health social work; narrowing the dialogue between research and practice

Vicary, Sarah (2016). Exploring the relationship between research and practice in mental health social work; narrowing the dialogue between research and practice. In: 6th European Conference for Social Work Research, 30 Mar - 1 Apr 2016, Lisbon, Portugal.

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 the finding that practitioners, regardless of their professional background, are required to deal with conflicting emotions. This will be illustrated by drawings produced by the participants. The author will reflect upon this finding in relation to their own experience as both practitioner and researcher and whether this can be used to narrow the dialogue between research and practice.

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