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Title: Service users' experiences of the reflecting team approach in a secondary mental health context : an IPA study
Author: Jackson, Alexandra
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 0428
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2009
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The Reflecting Team Approach developed by Andersen (1987), has been mainly used in family therapy settings since its introduction in the 1980s. This approach has garnered much attention amongst clinicians in a variety of contexts including adult mental health. This study aimed to investigate how clients in a secondary mental health service experienced the Reflecting Team Approach. It also served to raise awareness of the Reflecting Team Approach with other clinicians. A semi-structured interview schedule was used with eight mental health service users. The study employed a qualitative methodology and used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to elicit an in-depth understanding of secondary mental health service users' experiences of the Reflecting Team Approach. The analysis revealed that the Reflecting Team Approach was particularly empowering in helping clients to develop a greater insight into their problems, in discovering new perspectives, in increasing clients' resilience to change, in enhancing the positive therapeutic alliance, and in providing clients with reassurance and advice. However, there was an indication that the Reflecting Team Approach has the potential to be perceived as disempowering and overwhelming at times. These contradictory findings indicate that the Reflecting Team Approach is a complex phenomenon and a powerful therapeutic intervention that has potential for both positive and negative consequences. The insight gained from this small sample provided rich information about the ways in which the Reflecting Team Approach is experienced by clients who suffer from complex mental health problems. The identification of both positive and negative dimensions of experiences with the Reflecting Team Approach may lead us to a better understanding of the dynamics of this approach and its usefulness to this particular client group in a secondary mental health context.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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