HESIAN – Research Programme
4. In support of the above, exploring an enactive and non-representational account of human memory. The fact that I can remember what my front door looks like doesn’t mean I carry a representation of it around in my head – but what does it mean)?
5. Also in support of 2 above, exploring an account of mental illness as social and interactional rather than ‘mental’, ‘internal’, or ‘brain+based’. We seem to expand on the ‘interactional view’ of John Weakland, Paul Watzlawick and colleagues and examine what happens if we take cognition perception to be interaction rather than computation.
6. How might we connect the ‘interactional’ schools of practice (solution+focused, narrative, social constructionist etc) with an enactive theoretical perspective
This agenda has implications and potential benefit for many field including psychiatry, therapy, nursing, education, coaching, management and social work. If you are working in these areas, please get in touch.
HESIAN research projects
We are seeking both to start new work and connect with existing work in this area. Projects currently in progress are:
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Project to study the use of solution focused communication to support recovery. All staff who come into contact with service users (including facilities, canteen and maintenance staff as well as care professionals) are being trained to engage in solution focused communication, on the principle that ‘every interaction can make a difference’. We intend to measure the cumulative impact both on service users and staff.
For more information contact MarK McKergow (HESIAN) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicky Bennett, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Ravenswood House, Mayles Lane, Knowle, Wareham, Hampshire, P017 5NA.