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Living in the borderlands; writing in the margins: an autoethnographic tale

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  • N. P. SHORT msc (cbt) bsc (cbt) bsc (nurs) dip. nurs pgce rgn rmn enb 650,

    1. Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Psychological Therapies Service, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Braybrooke House, Holmesdale Gardens, Hastings, and
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  • A. GRANT ba(hons) ma phd cert res meth pgctlhe rmn enb 650 cert,

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    1. Principal Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, UK
      A. Grant
      School of Nursing and Midwifery
      University of Brighton
      Robert Dodd Building
      49 Darley Road
      Eastbourne
      East Sussex BN20 7UR
      UK
      E-mail: A.Grant@bton.ac.uk
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  • L. CLARKE rmn dip nurs dip ed dip med phil dip theol ba msc ma phd

    1. Principal Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, UK
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  • Dramatis Personae: Alec Grant, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader MSc Cognitive Psychotherapy, University of Brighton, Cognitive Psychotherapist in Private Practice, Mental Health User and Survivor. Nigel Short, practices as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Has used mental health services. Professional Doctorate Student. Liam Clarke, Reader in Mental Health, University of Brighton. Reviewers 1 and 2: The 2 USA prepublication reviewers of God and Planes (Grant 2006). P-N (Psychiatric-Nursing jiscmail contributor). Marian (Prof Doc Student friend of Nigel). Jane (CPN friend of Alec's and wife of Graham, Alec's friend of nearly 40 years). Ian (friend and colleague of Nigel). Neil (friend and colleague of Nigel). Adrian (friend, colleague and postgraduate student of Alec). Mary (Alec's wife). Mark H (friend and colleague of Nigel). Mike H (friend and colleague of Nigel).

A. Grant
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Brighton
Robert Dodd Building
49 Darley Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex BN20 7UR
UK
E-mail: A.Grant@bton.ac.uk

Abstract

A prerequisite to helping others is, arguably, some semblance of understanding of one's own self. But, how does one do self in a way that satisfies the integrity of psychotherapeutic theory, or the tenets of qualitative research? Moreover, what are the implications for the morally marginalized and uncertain in an era of epistemological and ontological certainty? These questions preface the raw data that constitutes the bulk of this paper: messy-text emails, reflections and comments from others, in relation to the breakdown experiences of two mental health academics/practitioners/teachers/supervisors. The methodology is autoethnography, thus the aim evocative. The textual presentation is in triple-column form: in the first is the accounts of the protagonists, Short and Grant; the second contains reflections from friends and family, and the final is Clarke's pan-theoretical reflections on both.

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