Appreciative Inquiry in Mental Health

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Appreciative Inquiry in Mental Health
Kevin Chamberlain, Member
A psychiatrist works in a rehabilitation hospital for men with mental health problem (longstanding). It is a low secure unit and her interest is in the possibility of introducing AI type approaches within team meetings, and with smaller groups of staff discussing cases, and with the clients themselves too.
The psychiatrist has some training in narrative practice, systemic therapy, and psychotherapy, attended some workshops at KCC a longish time ago with John Shotter and at one of them AI was the theme, and there was talk that AI was being used in hospitals on ward rounds. We would be interested to know of any contacts who can help, or literature about its implementation into a hospital setting.
We are also wondering about an AI group in Exeter, UK.
I look forward to hearing any thoughts you may have.

Appreciative Inquiry in Therapy/coaching
Andrew Smith, Member
Hi Kevin, here's some research suggesting a focus on strengths improves the outcome of therapy.
Appreciative inquiry in therapy or coaching is very akin to Solution-Focused approaches. SF tools such as Scaling and the Miracle Question combine very well with the 5-D or 4-D format.
The main refinement, in my view an advance over SF, is that AI makes you focus on existing progress, strengths, and resources before looking at goals and desired outcomes. I know you can do this with SF too, but AI makes it an explicit first step.



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