A phenomenological study into the place of consultation in the work of staff in children’s homes: How much is it an organisational construction?

Faull, Keith (2012) A phenomenological study into the place of consultation in the work of staff in children’s homes: How much is it an organisational construction? DSysPsych thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Full text available

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Residential work with young people is a complex and difficult job. CAMHS practitioners provide consultation support to staff teams in children’s homes. The study investigated the phenomenon of CAMHS consultation to residential staff within the context of a local authority setting. Focus groups were convened to gather data regarding how staff members understood consultation in the context of a local authority setting from four hierarchical levels within residential services. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was utilised to analyse the data into themes. A number of significant contextual themes emerged: the importance that staff members attach to maintaining and preserving relationships with their colleagues; the unclear and complex context of the work; and the sense of powerlessness that they experience. It is argued that these themes represent a culture that makes it difficult for members of staff to engage in the process of consultation, especially when focussed on staff relationships. The likely impact on the consultation process is discussed and some considerations for the clinical implications are suggested.

Item Type: Thesis (DSysPsych)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy, M10
Uncontrolled Keywords: M10, Residential Care
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Consultation
Social Welfare > Social Welfare Personnel
Social Welfare > Social Services
Research, Tests, Assessments > Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 14:29
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2017 17:42
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1517

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