Who am I? A life story intervention for persons with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric problems
Text: “Who am I?” is a life story intervention that was is developed for persons with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric problems. The intervention builds on insights from narrative therapy and life review therapy. A first evaluation has shown that the intervention is well accepted by clients and that their complaints reduce during the intervention. Further research will contribute to the theoretical foundation of the intervention and effects on positive functioning besides effects on psychiatric problems. Furthermore, qualitative analyses of course books as well as several n=1 studies are planned.
Funding Agency: GGNet
Contact: Janny Beernink
Machine-based mapping of innovation journeys
Commercial innovation is vital for the future of organisations. Especially to large and mature corporations, managing innovation has become a great challenge, involving large numbers of teams inside and outside organisational boundaries, operating in various timeframes. Our current understanding of innovation processes and how they can be managed does not adequately match today’s reality. In this study, we will develop new and more accurate complex innovation process models by exploiting advanced machine learning and data mining techniques, applied to the empirical textual data of a large number of cases over an extended period of time.
Funding Agency: Tech4People, University of Twente
Partners: Matthias Visser (TMS) , Gwenn Englebienne (HMI), Klaasjan Visscher (STePS)
Contact: Anneke Sools
Developing a professional identity through autobiographical reflection with the use of persuasive technology
The profession of social worker is quickly changing now that it entails less the solution of clients but the support of autonomy, strengths and social contacts of clients. Reflection on core aspects of their first professional experiences helps students in social work to develop a professional identity. This project assesses whether adding autobiographical reflection in the sense of a review of one’s personal life strengthens the development of a professional identity. Furthermore, the study assesses whether a blended e-learning using persuasive technology supports the process.
Funding Agency: Saxion University of Applied Sciences <www.saxion.nl>
Partner: Saxion University of Applied Sciences <www.saxion.nl>
Supervisors: prof. dr. G.J. Westerhof, dr. S.M. Kelders and dr. K.M. Woudt
Contact: Monique Engelbertink
Life stories and personality disorder: an explorative study of life stories with implications for narrative interventions
In this research project several aspects of the relationship between life stories and personality disorders are being studied. In the first study, the clinicians view was used to develop a systematic evaluation method of life stories to support clinical decision-making on treatment assignment. In the second study, the patient perspective is studied in life stories, being personal narratives of patients that suffer from enduring dysfunctional patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner feelings they experience across many contexts. We value the patient perspective to learn more about this severe and often invaliding condition. Our interest lays especially in the meanings that are present in life stories of patients that seek help. In the third study, we conduct a study on relevant themes in life stories, and their change after intensive (day)clinical psychotherapeutic treatment. And in the fourth study, the implications are discussed of the last two studies for developing narrative interventions supporting patients in creating a healthy narrative that allows for personal growth.
Financier: GGNET <www.ggnet.nl>
Partner: Scelta <www.scelta.net>
Supervisors: Prof.dr. Ernst Bohlmeijer, Dr. Anneke Sools and Prof.Dr. Gerben Westerhof
Contact: Silvia Pol
Wonderful life: a novel, appreciative intervention to elicit meaning in life
Experiencing meaning in life is crucial to well-being. In this study, we focus on those extraordinary moments in life when meaning manifests itself spontaneously: when we suddenly feel a powerful, affirmative connection to existence. Narratives of these wonderful moments in life are collected by using a question derived from the Japanese movie ‘After Life’: ‘What if there is an afterlife. There, all your memories will be erased, except for one. Which memory do you choose to take with you to eternity?’. Insights from these narratives are used to develop an intervention that helps to establish our connection to meaning in daily life.
Supervisors: Prof.Dr. Gerben Westerhof , Dr. Anneke Sools and Prof.dr. Ernst Bohlmeijer
Contact: Jacky van de Goor
Images of recovery: a visual-narrative study exploring the concept of personal recovery in mental health.
Recovery oriented care has become a guiding principle within mental health. This qualitative research project focusses on the exploration of personal recovery on both people with lived experiences of mental illness and mental health professionals. The first group is often unheard and marginalized in society. A visual-narrative approach via PhotoVoice methodology is applied to empower their voice and make recovery tangible. Views on recovery by a second group of professionals are then compared to gain insight if both groups are speaking the same language when it comes to personal recovery and how this influences a recovery oriented mental health.
Financier: Brothers of Charity
Supervisors: Prof.Dr. Gerben Westerhof and Dr. Anneke Sools
Contact: Tom Vansteenkiste
How professionals working in health care for people with intellectual disability make sense of becoming solution-focused
The PhD-project of Anne Marie focuses on the experiences of health care professionals adopting the solution-focused work approach. The solution-focused approach takes a point of departure in the belief that individuals have the strengths and resources to solve their own problems. So, rather than relying on clinical expertise, the solution-focused professional needs to coach the clients to use his/her strengths in the future. This means a fundamental shift in professionalism: coaching individuals rather than being the expert on a client’s life. The aim of this research is to explore the effects of adopting the solution-focused work approach on the professional identity and functioning of healthcare professionals.
More specifically, we study the processes through which teams and professionals make sense of and adopt solution-focused ways of working. To do this, we use data from ‘identity talk’—both first-person tellings in interviews and collectively composed team narratives—and the negotiation of identities through face-to-face encounters among professionals and between professional and client. Taking a performative view on identity, we are able to trace the accomplishment of professionalism and variations of identity work through communication.
Estimated PhD defense date: September 2016
Funding Agency: Avelijn
Supervisors: prof. dr. E. Bohlmeijer (promotor), Dr. Mark van Vuuren and Dr. Anneke Sools
Contact: Annemarie Lohuis