Emotional retreat and social exclusion: towards biographical methods in professional training.
Journal of Social Work Practice, 18(3),
This article argues the relevance of biographical case study methods as a tool for professional practice. The case of Laura, manager of a small hostel for homeless people, shows hidden reserves of emotional understanidng which Laura finds too risky to bring into play. Analysis of the structure of the interview shows the enactment and lowering of Laura's defences in interaction with the interviewer. The article argues for support and supervision to allow professionals to recognise and use their capacities for emotional thinking, and that this kind of 'experiential truth' is key both for users and professionals in tackling social exclusion. Methodological parallels between biographical methods and effective training are also drawn through discussion of responses to a training video based on a fictionalised version of a critical incident from this interview.
||biographic narrative interpretive method; interview structure; homelessness; boundaries; emotional thinking; reflective space and support
||Health and Social Care
||25 Jul 2007
||05 Jul 2011 16:13
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