Authors: Robert Bland, TAS
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Post-modern and post-structural theories provide a framework for understanding the competing discourses in mental health including the way some discourses are privileged and others are marginalized. The paper specifically examines the competing discourses around the helping process in mental health and suggests that understanding the human qualities of the worker, qualities such as compassion, courage and hopefulness, may provide a balance to a privileged discourse of helping based on knowledge and skills.