Symposium success at BPS conference

Submitted by Dr Helen Owton

British Psychological Society’s Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) conference

4-6 September 2013, University of Huddersfield, UK

At the recent British Psychological Society’s Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) conference, we are pleased to report of the University of Northampton symposium’s success that was notably well received.

Dr Jane Callaghan, Associate Professor, introduced our symposium which was entitled “Emotionalities and relationalities” exploring ways of understanding and researching relationships and relationalities within psychological research. Dr Lisa Fellin presented her paper (with Jenna Goodgame) entitled “Under a double moon? The relational context of adoption and fostering” which considered the intersection of two therapeutic approaches (creative expressive therapy and systemic family therapy) in families struggling in different moments of the adoption or fostering process.  Next, Carmel Capewell (a PhD student) presented her early work entitled “Glue that sticks and separates” describing participants’ emotional responses and the ways that relationships had been impacted.  Dwight Turner (a PhD student) made his first conference debut and presented his intriguing and reflective work on transpersonal ways of thinking about psychotherapy using creative techniques: “Universal differences? Understanding relationality and difference in transpersonal psychotherapy”.  Finally, Dr Helen Owton closed the symposium with her paper entitled “Close but not too close” which explored the complexities of friendship-researcher relationships in research contexts through the form of confessional tales.  The papers sparked thought-provoking questions from the audience who seemed engaged and interested in many of the aspects we raised, not only about emotionalities and relationalities, but also about reflexivity and creativity in research contexts.

Keynote speaker Professor Kathy Charmaz from Sonoma State University, USA.

Keynote speaker Professor Kathy Charmaz from Sonoma State University, USA.

In addition to the symposium, Dr Alistair Gordon-Finlayson presented his unique inquiry on Buddhism and identity entitled: “Label, state, path: Three functions of Buddhist identity”.  Dr Helen Owton presented her innovative video on asthma and sporting embodiment through poetic methodological inquiry entitled “Narrative poetry and art”.  And Dr Jane Callaghan, Associate Professor, presented her vigorous work  (with Professor Judith Sixsmith) on discourses of childhood in situations of domestic abuse entitled “’Damaged’ and ‘damaging’: Psychological discourses of children in situations of domestic violence” reiterating the significant implications for clinical practice.

Overall, the conference was a valuable opportunity to interact with some highly esteemed academics in psychology, sociology and health and our symposium was a rewarding experience where we ‘made ourselves known’.

Highlights of the conference are available on this video


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