Reflecting Team Practices outside the therapy room: A thematic analysis of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) away-day process with a team undergoing change
Coles, Sarah Jane
Reed-Purvis, Shona Michele
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Coles, S.J. & Reed-Purvis, S. (2022) Reflecting Team Practices outside the therapy room: A thematic analysis of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) away-day process with a team undergoing change. Journal of Family Therapy, 00: 1– 12
This paper evaluates whether Reflecting Team Practices (RTP) are a helpful tool to a team (i) undergoing change and (ii) to facilitate staff being heard across the hierarchy. We hypothesised that RTP would enable staff to speak and be listened to, in relation to their experiences of organisational restructuring. We offered three team away-day and follow-up processes. Due to the paucity of systematic research in this area, we designed a qualitative process, utilising individual interviews with four team members aged 30–59 years. Interview data were analysed using thematic analysis. Thematic analysis yielded seven themes, which enabled understanding of our team’s experiences of separating talking and listening. It has also led to wider changes in our teams functioning and our communication with other parts of the organisation in which we work. The results are very limited due to the small sample size, but further research in this area is warranted.
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