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Title: Keeping Hope Alive : How Mental Health Professionals Sustain Hope in Clients
Authors: Nath, Amaresh
Keywords: School of Human Ecology
Chetna Duggal
Mental Health Professionals
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: Over the years the concept of hope has been explained through multiple perspectives and is seen as a multi-dimensional idea that impacts the process of recovery from physical and psychological disorders like cancer, schizophrenia, depression, and eating disorders, and helps in preventing relapses of psychological disorders. The present study aimed to understand hope through the lens of mental health professionals; how they understood the concept of hope, how they used it in the therapy process, and how they sustained hope among their clients. A qualitative dominant concurrent mixed methods approach was used to meet the objectives of the research and twenty-two mental health practitioners (psychologists, counsellors, clinical psychologists, and psychotherapists) completed a self-designed questionnaire that included a mix of open and close ended questions. The quantitative data was analysed using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis was used to analyse the qualitative data. Findings revealed that hope was seen as including acceptance, optimism, faith, etc., by the participants and a hopeful person was one who… In therapy, hope was reported as beneficial for both the client and the practitioner, as it was seen to help achieve the goals of therapy and improve the therapeutic relationship. Therapists reported using a range of techniques to foster hope in clients and did cognitive restructuring, emotional supporting, and used practices from experiential gestalt approach to keep their hope alive in the therapy process. The study highlights how hope acts as a protective factor for both client and therapists. Implications for training, research and practice have been discussed.
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