Qualitative Content Analysis of What Constitutes Effectual Group/Support Therapyfor Individuals Diagnosed with Schizophrenia/Psychosis Spectrum Illnesses: Client's Perspective

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Good, Michelle
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The purpose of this qualitative content analysis is to demonstrate that individuals diagnosed with a schizophrenia spectrum illness know and understand what the need from individual and group therapy in order to achieve therapeutic success and mental wellness. Additionally, clients know how to collaborate, know what it feels like to be empowered and have the know-how to inform mental-health professionals on the constituents of what would create successful group therapy rather than the expert/mental health professional telling them what they think they need. This study focused on client messages embedded in the various text, audio, and video resources. After an exhaustive search for content, this study utilized 10 resources exclusive to a schizophrenia spectrum illness. The ten resources were examined and themed as determined by the author of this study. Results indicate the most valued theme for effective group or individual (one-on-one) therapy is that the client and mental health professional relationship fosters autonomy. Eight out of the 10 data resources analyzed revealed autonomy as highly valued. Three of the data resources appreciated active versus passive listening skills on the part of the mental health professional, upholding or fostering dignity, and establishing trust. In order to truly adopt a therapeutic stance in a group setting, a counsellor might benefit from recognizing that the client is the expert on their own existence. Furthermore, carefully thought-out group therapy for those living with schizophrenia spectrum illness is needed within communities. Because of the stigma associated with mental illness, the societal wedge is growing between cohorts of those diagnosed with a schizophrenia spectrum illness and the remaining majority of the collective considered as functioning "normally."
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