Practitioner views on service user involvement in mental health: rhetoric and contradictions
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 1 December 2006
This paper reports a small pilot study exploring ways that staff providing mental health services experience change. Group discussions focused on the drive toward service user involvement in mental health services. Discussions were held with two teams of professionals and indicate that mental health professionals experience a tension in balancing service user involvement with other dimensions of their roles and identities. Key issues include:• staff as potential, or past, service users themselves• service user involvement as a challenge to professional identities• change as being inherently difficult within ‘stuck’ systems• change as having an emotional, as well as instrumental, effect.Implications for practitioners in engaging with the involvement agenda are discussed, and highlight key issues for workforce training.
Forbat, L. (2006), "Practitioner views on service user involvement in mental health: rhetoric and contradictions", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 24-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556228200600021
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