‘Taking people as they are’: An interpretative phenomenological analysis exploring the experience and understanding of ‘White’ professionals supporting ‘minority ethnic’ populations
Amrita Ahluwalia 2013 Honours Dissertation.pdf (421.0Kb)
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What does it mean to practice in a ‘multicultural’ world? Building on literature that identifies a gap in the theoretical and practical resources available to professionals making use of the talking therapies in the UK, this study explores the possibility of a phenomenologically and hermeneutically informed ‘third space’ for cross-cultural practice. As a step towards refocusing on the subjective experience and understanding of practitioners, an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was carried out on the accounts of six ‘White’ support professionals with experience working with ‘minority ethnic’ clients in Scotland. Their understanding of supporting across culture emerged in the following themes: (1) Quality of openness; (2) Creating and holding the space for support; (3) Working defined by a system; and (4) The personal significance of supporting. These findings provide rich ground for phenomenological and hermeneutical exploration and help to make sense of the experience of practicing in a diverse world.