Mental Health Treatment in Talk and Interaction
Serious mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are frequently treated in community psychiatric settings, involving multidisciplinary teams composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers. This seminar will introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of mental health through the lens of talk and interaction, a key resource through which treatment relationships are created and maintained. We will analyze field audio-recordings of interactions between mental health professionals and clients and examine questions such as: What are the elements of a good treatment relationship? How are these relationships enacted through social interaction? How are treatment relationships used as resources to help clients gain the most from treatment? How are treatment decisions negotiated?