Research seminar: the importance of the family so far: Mental Health Care must be predicated on therapeutic engagement

  • Thu 17 - Fri 18 May 18


  • Colchester Campus

    2S2.3.20 (Colchester campus) TF.0.34 (Southend campus)

  • Event speaker

    Professor Sue McAndrew

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Health and Social Care, School of

Join Professor Sue McAndrew for her research seminar on 17 May 2018 (Southend) and 18 May (Colchester).  The event will run from 13.00-14.00 on both dates.


Effective mental health care is predicated on understanding the lived experiences of those using services in order to provide sensitively-attuned therapy. Twenty-one years ago, the Mental Health Foundation (1997) suggested people who require mental health services need somewhere to feel safe and accepted, a place where there is someone to talk to when distressed, help in managing feelings, and support from someone who is willing to listen. The therapeutic process requires those providing mental health care to have positive attitudes towards those in their care, to put their prejudices and judgments aside and utilise counselling skills and person-centeredness. An understanding of the process of counselling within the context of a therapeutic environment, and what makes it effective, will only be achieved through hearing the voices of service users. 
In this seminar Professor McAndrew will present findings from study undertaken with people who have received counselling from the mental health charity, MIND. This will be followed by an interactive discussion of the role of health professionals, and of nurses in particular, in addressing the needs of people with mental health problems.

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