About the project
A mixed method study of the existential counselling group in mental health care institutions explored form different perspective.
The aim of this study will be exploring the existential counselling group (ECG) in the Norwegian Psychiatric Care System. This is a well establish professional praxis tied to the chaplains professional work that patients and clinical staff tend to apprised, but no research has not yet been done in this field. The existential counselling group is an open group, inviting in-patients and sometimes out-patients once a week to talk about existential issues, values, life experience, hope and faith.
The purpose of this study will be exploring from different perspective (patient, clinical staff, leadership and chaplains) experience, establishment, self-reporting existential skills among both clinical staff and participants generating from ECG participation and prevalence of the ECG.
Due to the little amount of research in Norway in this field and no research on the ECG in particular, a mixed method with an exploratory design will be used. This is both to develop detailed view of the experience of the ECG from different perspective and to generalize the findings.
This project intend to contribute with further knowledge in the large research field on relation between religion and health.
The project will address the following questions:
- What characterizes ECG in Norway in terms of prevalence, purpose, methodology, establishment, leaders, and co-leaders self-reporting existential competence?
- What characterizes the ECG participants in terms of demographic and diagnostic data, mental health, existential, religious and spiritual matters?
- How do patients experience group participation in terms of existential and resilience matters and cooping processes?
- How do chaplains /co leaders experience patients beneficial of participation in the ECG in view of their mental health, existential and resilience matters and cooping processes?
- How do the various informers experience participation in ECG might contribute to strengthening their own existential competence?