Reflections on 50 Editions of Clinical Psychology Bite-SizeIssue 51 – September 2017 Authors: Steven Coles and Phil Houghton (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com)
- Trauma and adversity are significant factors in mental health issues
- Power is key to understanding the cause of people’s difficulties and the potential to overcome them through access to resources and supportive relationships
- Making sense of experiences such as fear, sadness and madness is important. Bite-size has advocated for models beyond those which locate the problem inside the person
- Clients can experience services as supportive and nurturing, or as controlling and coercive. The latter may mirror and trigger previous experiences of disempowerment.
- Supportive and therapeutic conversations with clients are important as are positive connections to peers