Re-searching for therapy: the ethics of using what we are skilled in

Mcandrew, S ORCID: and Warne, T 2010, 'Re-searching for therapy: the ethics of using what we are skilled in' , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 17 (6) , pp. 503-509.

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Narrative inquiry as a qualitative research method appears to be growing in popularity amongst mental health nurses. This paper argues that there are a number of parallels between narrative inquiry and psychotherapy, and mental health nurses familiar with the practice of therapeutic engagement need to be mindful of these when using this approach to research. The symbiotic relationship between those engaged in narrative inquiry and those engaged in psychotherapeutic practice is explored in order to provide greater understanding of some of the ethical issues involved and how new researchers, supervisors and practitioners might better respond to the complexities inherent in using narrative inquiry which may itself be therapeutic. Our focus for this paper is the tensions experienced by the mental health nurse whilst working as a researcher when the research encounter provides a trigger that would normally elicit a therapeutic response for both participant and nurse. Using a selection of psychoanalytic theories and principles this paper explores the relationship between the processes of psychotherapy and narrative inquiry. This discussion paper is based on the authors’ own research experiences of using narrative inquiry to explore a number of sensitive issues and many years of supervisory relationships with students and practitioners alike.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: No
ISSN: 1351-0126
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 11:54
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 15:51

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