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Narratives of experts by experience: the impact of delivering training in partnership on the subject of personality disorder

Samantha Cooke (Wigan and Leigh South Recovery Team, Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leigh, UK)
Anna Daiches (Clinical Psychology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom)
Emma Hickey (Wigan and Leigh South Recovery Team, Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leigh, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 14 September 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

As part of an attitudinal shift surrounding personality disorder stigma, a training package termed the Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) is delivered in collaboration between experts by experience (EBE) and professionals. The purpose of this paper is to explore the narratives of EBE delivering KUF; in particular the impact of this role and its varying contexts.

Design/methodology/approach

Eight women took part in the study and a narrative analysis explored their stories.

Findings

The analysis suggested five temporal chapters: first, life before becoming involved: “Like being in a milk bottle screaming”; second, a turning point: “It wasn’t actually me that was disordered it was the life that I’d had”; third, taking up the trainer role: “It all just […] took off”; fourth, the emergence of a professional identity: “I am no longer a service user”; and fifth, impact on self, impact on others.

Originality/value

The use of qualitative literature is sparse within co-production research. The study therefore adds value in exploring in-depth experiences of the phenomena.

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Citation

Cooke, S., Daiches, A. and Hickey, E. (2015), "Narratives of experts by experience: the impact of delivering training in partnership on the subject of personality disorder", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 234-244. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-03-2015-0012

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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