PsyCen Event: Kate Hoffman Memorial Lecture- Therapy as an interactional process: Creating change through sequences of talk
Speaker: Professor Ray Wilkinson, Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hcs/staff/wilkinson Organiser: Dr Sarah James http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-sarah-james/
In this presentation I will discuss some key findings from research examining how talk is used in interactional situations with the aim of creating change in people. The main research field I will be drawing on is conversation analysis, a method for examining talk and non-verbal behaviour in real-life social situations. Using video clips of real interactions I will explore in particular the types of sequences of talk that speech and language therapists engage in when doing certain kinds of therapy, and I will discuss some of the rather implicit skills that the therapists can be seen to be using in these interactions. I will also examine how family members or friends of people with communication disorders may attempt to incorporate elements of therapy or teaching into conversations at home, and will show how this combination of conversation and therapy may often create difficulties in the interaction.