The Expert – Intuitive Practitioner: The Arts Of Authentic Clinical Practice

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Authors: Maree Brogden, New Zealand

Year: 2016

Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, Arts in Psychotherapy

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9945702-1-5

Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.

Authentic clinical practice considers the whole story. Professional practice development acknowledges informal practice research as a pathway to extend experiential practice knowledge. Routine practice reviews contribute to the practitioner’s working conversation for a relevant secondary research process. Formal practice research for evidence-based practice (EBP) knowledge is of course, a quantifiable qualitative research process. It is authentic practice knowledge that best informs this. Practice codes that consider an ethical approach to mental healthcare and treatment, acknowledge the counterintuitive of dualistic systems that is evident in applied psychiatry and the professions of orthopsychiatry. My hypothesis is that psychotherapeutic process, applied within an Archetypal or Depth Psychology practice orientation, will provide authentic data about the causal effects of the dominant life systems present in a person’s life. In applied clinical practice, the recognition of life-metaphor is a resonant tympanic membrane of symbolic transference, where the practitioner’s awareness is about the person as a part of the whole story. We read between the lines for subjective content, perspective is for the person in the context or situation of treatment, not the treatment for itself. This brief paper outlines an authentic approach to the practice of the Arts in Psychotherapy in the mental healthcare setting that extends beyond conventional practice frameworks.

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