Studying subjectivity in mental health services: the research as an educational process

3.3 Interventionist methodologies: bridging theory and practice
Paper in a Symposium (Symp)
5:20 PM, Wednesday 30 Aug 2017 (30 minutes)
This paper discusses the research in mental health services as an educational process, in which the emphasis on the construction of dialogical relationships is seen as a fundamental condition for the quality of information and theoretical reflections constructed throughout the process. Education is defined as a system of actions addressed at the subjective development of individuals and social groups involved in the research, by triggering new reflections, emotions, and reactions among them. This discussion, based on the constructive-interpretative methodology proposed by González Rey, is underpinned by the results of research conducted over three years at a mental health service in the Federal District of Brazil, where both service users and service workers were participants. Throughout the fieldwork, the researcher made extensive use of conversational systems sessions, in which participants and researcher involved each other in different moments of the daily institutional routine. In this sense, there was no external objectivity and neutrality of the researcher to be respected, which expresses the subversive nature of this type of research, extrapolating the distinctive normative rules that underlie the social fabric of this context. We will address the importance of building the social scenario of research, presenting the assumption that the fieldwork not only responds to the objective formulated for the research, but also is a fundamental dimension of the design of the studied object. Overall, this proposal has as its fundamental pillar the emergence of the researcher and the participants as subjects of the investigative process, in a trajectory with no gaps between empirical field, theoretical production and professional action.
University Centre of Brasília/University of Brasília
University Center of Brasilia/ University of Brasilia

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