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Between Internal and External: exploring race culture through clinicians’ experiences of darker skin colour in psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy

Ogoe, Anthony (2020) Between Internal and External: exploring race culture through clinicians’ experiences of darker skin colour in psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy. Other thesis, University of Essex & Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.

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Abstract

This qualitative research thesis looks to investigate the phenomenon of skin colour in the field of psychoanalytic child psychotherapy. This research is interested in why conversations around racialised skin colour appears to be a quiet aspect of psychoanalytic thinking and is known as an ‘under-researched area’. The thesis begins with a comprehensive literature review into how racialised skin colour has been understood in psychoanalytic and social psychological/sociological theory. Then explored are the experiences of psychoanalytic child psychotherapists with darker skin colour, as a point of entry to observing the culture around race within the profession. Employed is a unique mixed method design undertaking four semi structured interviews in combination with an autoethnographic narrative analysis. Investigated are the ways darker skin colour is experienced in the mind of the individual clinician, the interpersonal therapy space and professional discourse. Findings suggest psychoanalytic child psychotherapy must find ways to radically move away from (and with awareness) of traditionally psychoanalytic and politically affected race rhetoric, to develop a culture where trainees and qualified professionals feel safe to explore race with one another. This is imperative if the profession can offer young people and their families an authentic therapeutic experience, where novel, dynamic and developmentally valuable interpersonal moments are able to analyse the racial experience. This thesis provides essential thought and development of new ideas and considerations for psychoanalytic child psychotherapy thinking, practice and training.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autoethnography, Black, Child Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Race, Skin Colour, Thematic Analysis, White.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Depositing User: Anthony Ogoe
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 15:32
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 15:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29106

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