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RESEARCH MASTERCLASS

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Embodied, Relational-Reflexive Approaches to Research

This Research Masterclass with Dr Linda Finlay will be a combination of lecture and group participation (perhaps including a demonstration). Please note the first part of the morning will be filmed.

ABSTRACT:

An embodied, relational way of being can be used reflexively in research to collect and analyse data in tandem with many qualitative methodologies. Here, the intersubjective relationship between participant and researcher can be used as a vehicle to explore individuals' experience. In this way of working, researchers seek to bring into focus bodily and relational experience both of research participants and of themselves. The aim is not simply to be present to our mutual non-verbal behaviour; it is also about inhabiting and exploring our embodied inter-subjective relationship.

The focus of this masterclass is on the somatic duet lying beneath and between verbal interaction where significant implicit meanings arise. I will start by clarifying the nature of 'reflexivity' in research as meaning critical self-awareness where the researcher evaluates their impact on the research and vice versa. I will then offer examples from my relational-centred phenomenological research practice, drawing on knowledge from the field of psychotherapy. I will discuss three interlinked processes: 'reflexive embodied empathy', 'embodied dwelling' and 'focusing'. This will be followed by examples from my relational-centred phenomenological research practice, drawing on knowledge from the field of psychotherapy. I will discuss three interlinked processes: 'reflexive embodied empathy', 'embodied dwelling' and 'focusing'. A distinction is made between researchers' reflexive experience of somatic empathy and utilizing one's felt-sense.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY:

Dr Linda Finlay is an existentially-orientated, relational Integrative Psychotherapist (UKCP registered) practising in York, and she teaches both psychology and research at the Open University. She also mentors doctoral psychotherapy students in universities across Europe. Her particular research interest is in applying relational-reflexive approaches to exploring the lived experience of disability and trauma. She has published widely. Her most recent books, published by Wiley, are: 'Relational integrative psychotherapy', 'Phenomenology for therapists' and 'Relational-centred research for Psychotherapists' (written with Ken Evans).

www.lindafinlay.co.uk

www.relational-integrative-psychotherapy.uk

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