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The contribution of experiential wisdom to the development of the mental health professional discourse

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posted on 2023-08-30, 14:41 authored by Joanna Fox
Experiential wisdom, which is expert knowledge derived from the lived experiences of service users and carers, has the potential to influence the professional discourse of UK mental health. This is a concept developed by Foucault which highlights the development of new knowledge in relation to the normative framework of professional practice. Recent developments in the UK recognise the importance of experiential wisdom as service users influence the knowledge base of practice through their involvement in research, are included in making shared decisions with professionals about their care and treatment, and influence the professional development of the workforce as they contribute to education and training. My experiences of recovery are presented to explore the potential contribution of service user expert knowledge to the development of the mental health professional discourse. My story relates the onset of mental distress, exploring the nature of paranoia, and highlighting how these very real symptoms are experienced. The on-going nature of recovery after the trauma of mental health crisis is identified with a discussion of support which can enable the person in their journey. Experiences of shared decision-making in care and treatment are related. The presentation of this story illustrates the application of service user expert knowledge to the practical and theoretical development that underpins the mental health professional framework. The article concludes with reflection about the role of service user expert knowledge in beginning to dissolve the artificial barriers between professionals and service users, and its potential to influence the professional discourse.



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Schizophrenia Bulletin




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