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Epistemic Trust: A Potential Result of Workplace Social Support Amongst Clinicians Exposed to Client Trauma

Saturday, March 24
1:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Location: Logan

The theory of mentalization has been shown to be foundational to experiences of workplace social support amongst social workers who work with clients experiencing intimate partner violence.  Mentalization is also believed to play key role in establishing epistemic trust, the conduit through which human social learning is theorized to occur.  Using the interpretive phenomenological analysis approach, semi-structured interviews with intimate partner violence social workers were conducted to gather experiences and meaning-making related to workplace social support.  These accounts were analyzed and shown to be consistant with the core constructs of mentalization.  In this paper, these findings are analyzed through the lens of epistemic trust, as it has been described by mentalization theorists.  I will show that the central concepts of epistemic trust are identifiable in the accounts of these social workers. This study offers a novel way to understand effective workplace social support as founded on mentalizing experiences and leading to epistemic trust amongst social workers engaged in intimate partner violence practice.  

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Denise Brend

Postdoctoral Fellow
Université de Sherbrooke
Montreal, Quebec

Denise Michelle Brend is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université de Sherbrooke. During her doctoral studies at McGill University she received an FQRSC scholarship and research fellowships with the Building research capacity with First Nations and mainstream youth protection services in Quebec project (SSHRC) and the Research Training Programme of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She has over a decade of experience as a psychotherapist, social worker and educator. She is passionate about understanding trauma, its impacts, how to prevent it, and how to support healing in its wake. For her doctoral research, she explored how social workers in the field of intimate partner violence experience workplace social support. She is currently participating on a research team that is implimenting Trauma Informed Care in Group Homes for children aged six to twelve in the province of Quebec, Canada.

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