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Baldwin, Laurence James (2008)
Languages: English
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Background: Child and adolescent mental health teams have traditionally been constructed using multidisciplinary teams of different professions. Current workforce policy in mental health, however, stresses team function and the skills and competences required to fulfil that function which leads to a questioning of professional identity within those teams. Aims: This study aims therefore to define how professional identity is constructed in the policy discourse and amongst a sample of current practitioners in mental health teams. Methodology: This study uses a linguistic method, Critical Discourse Analysis, to question whether functional approaches based on role theory are appropriate when identity work discourse has overtaken role theory as a way of thinking about professional working. It uses elements of role theory and identity work thinking, informed by postmodernist theorists such as Pierre Bourdieu, to look at the need for the underlying conceptual frameworks that professional training and socialisation bring. Findings: By analysing the current policy discourse, and a sample of practitioner discourse on the subject, the study shows that there is a need for the professional identity of individuals to be better addressed and understood. It examines the importance of the underlying conceptual frameworks that inform the skills and competences and what these frameworks bring to team functioning. The study also questions the way in which policy uses linguistic capital as a change agent to bring about workforce modernisation in child and adolescent mental health teams. Conclusions: The study highlights the need for professional groups to maintain their professional identity by being better able to articulate the contribution they make to team functioning by virtue of their conceptual frameworks. These are shown to inform the way in which individuals use their skills and competences to care for service users and their carers.
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    • What's in a name? Not wanting to be a social worker
    • Social Worker or Psychiatric Social Worker?
    • A new professional structure
    • Community focus as a conceptual framework
    • Social Workers as therapists
    • Professional identity of occupational therapists
    • OTs as undervalued or embattled
    • Purposeful activity and relationships
    • Professional identity of psychotherapists
    • The function of governance and accountability
    • Practitioner defensiveness and reservations about change
    • 7.2.3 Skills and Competencies in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.2.4 Roles and extended roles in the Practitioner Discourse
    • Nurse Consultants
    • Primary Mental Health Workers in CAMHS
    • Graduate mental health workers, STR workers and Community Development Workers
    • Non-medical and Independent Prescribers
    • 7.2.5 Service User needs in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.2.6 Need for Flexibility in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.2.7 Issues of power and money in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.3 Critical Discourse Analysis of the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.3.1 Social Events providing the context for the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.3.2 Genre in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.3.3 Difference in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.3.4 Assumptions in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.3.5 Intertextuality in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.4 Semantic and Grammatical elements in the Practitioner Discourse
    • 7.5 Summary of the Practitioner Discourse
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