"The baby will grow" : a poststructuralist and psychodynamic analysis of a community psychology intervention

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Swartz, Sally en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Long, Carol en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-13T14:11:21Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-13T14:11:21Z
dc.date.issued 1999 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Long, C. 1999. "The baby will grow" : a poststructuralist and psychodynamic analysis of a community psychology intervention. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12606
dc.description.abstract Progressive South African psychologists have recognised the need for community approaches in South Africa which maximise access to psychological intervention and which value politically aware psychological practice. Few extended analyses of such interventions exist in the literature, and community psychology has been critiqued for its lack of theory. This study aims to provide an extended analysis of a community intervention conducted with a group of Primary Health Care Workers. The intervention was motivated by their request for psychological skills in order to enable them to work more effectively with their clients. Interactive workshop sessions were thus conducted by two facilitators (including the author) under supervision over a period of one year. The aim of such workshops was to instil a psychological way of thinking. This consequently implied an emphasis on the emotional world of Primary Health Care Workers. This study provides a post-structuralist and psychoanalytic analysis of the process of intervention in order to offer potential suggestions for future community work and to explore how the interface between psychoanalysis and post-structuralism may offer possibilities for more theoretically grounded community work. Particular emphasis is placed on power relations, discourse and language, and psychoanalytic understandings of relationship in order to explore the intervention as well as the implications of articulation of post-structuralism and psychoanalysis in community work. It is suggested that psychoanalysis is best utilised in community settings when it explicitly recognises socio-political influences and includes these in the object-worlds of ourselves and our clients, and when recognition of power and difference are foregrounded. A further aim involved subjecting a Foucaultian discourse analytic method (e.g. Hollway, 1989) to a practical intervention in which there are multiple texts and in which the clinician becomes the discourse analyst. Whilst this method is no doubt controversial, it offers the potential to extend the use of post-structuralist methodology to the analysis of practical therapeutic encounters beyond the typical methods of analysing written or transcribed texts. Implications of this analysis thus hold bearing on future intervention as well as on future methods of researching psychological practice. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Clinical Psychology en_ZA
dc.title "The baby will grow" : a poststructuralist and psychodynamic analysis of a community psychology intervention en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Long, C. (1999). <i>"The baby will grow" : a poststructuralist and psychodynamic analysis of a community psychology intervention</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12606 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Long, Carol. <i>""The baby will grow" : a poststructuralist and psychodynamic analysis of a community psychology intervention."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology, 1999. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12606 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Long C. "The baby will grow" : a poststructuralist and psychodynamic analysis of a community psychology intervention. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology, 1999 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12606 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Long, Carol AB - Progressive South African psychologists have recognised the need for community approaches in South Africa which maximise access to psychological intervention and which value politically aware psychological practice. Few extended analyses of such interventions exist in the literature, and community psychology has been critiqued for its lack of theory. This study aims to provide an extended analysis of a community intervention conducted with a group of Primary Health Care Workers. The intervention was motivated by their request for psychological skills in order to enable them to work more effectively with their clients. Interactive workshop sessions were thus conducted by two facilitators (including the author) under supervision over a period of one year. The aim of such workshops was to instil a psychological way of thinking. This consequently implied an emphasis on the emotional world of Primary Health Care Workers. This study provides a post-structuralist and psychoanalytic analysis of the process of intervention in order to offer potential suggestions for future community work and to explore how the interface between psychoanalysis and post-structuralism may offer possibilities for more theoretically grounded community work. Particular emphasis is placed on power relations, discourse and language, and psychoanalytic understandings of relationship in order to explore the intervention as well as the implications of articulation of post-structuralism and psychoanalysis in community work. It is suggested that psychoanalysis is best utilised in community settings when it explicitly recognises socio-political influences and includes these in the object-worlds of ourselves and our clients, and when recognition of power and difference are foregrounded. A further aim involved subjecting a Foucaultian discourse analytic method (e.g. Hollway, 1989) to a practical intervention in which there are multiple texts and in which the clinician becomes the discourse analyst. Whilst this method is no doubt controversial, it offers the potential to extend the use of post-structuralist methodology to the analysis of practical therapeutic encounters beyond the typical methods of analysing written or transcribed texts. Implications of this analysis thus hold bearing on future intervention as well as on future methods of researching psychological practice. DA - 1999 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1999 T1 - "The baby will grow" : a poststructuralist and psychodynamic analysis of a community psychology intervention TI - "The baby will grow" : a poststructuralist and psychodynamic analysis of a community psychology intervention UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12606 ER - en_ZA


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