Medicine and Health

Critical Questions to Consider: Survivor Perspectives on Mental Health Research

This seminar will examine some of the critical issues for mental health practitioners who wish to work as allies with service-users and the survivor movement, given the vast power disparities.

This seminar will examine some of the critical issues for mental health practitioners who wish to work as allies with service-users and the survivor movement, given the vast power disparities. There are some epistemological, methodological and ethical approaches developed by survivor researchers and by other critical researchers which professionals seeking to develop meaningful and authentic partnership work with service- users may find useful. These include the emancipatory/participatory research paradigm and survivor standpoint epistemologies. This paper will explore how these ideas can provide useful frameworks for respectful and equal ways of working as ‘engaged’ academics or practitioners. Drawing on some research findings from my recent PhD in sociology on mental health service-user involvement in Ireland and ‘Pathways’ an innovative user-led research project, methodologies for working with service-users in meaningful ways are illustrated by examples from real practice, and the author’s long experience as a survivor researcher, third level educator and activist.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Medicine and Health
Date:
Time: 1pm-2pm
Location: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Room 3.01
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Dr. Tom Andrews
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