Breaking barriers: our journey towards building psychological support for people with sight loss in UK and Mexico

Mhairi Thurston, Leslie Thompson

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    Duoethnography is a method in which two or more researchers engage in a dialogical critique of a social phenomenon. It arises from the autoethnographic tradition in which the researchers foreground themselves as participants in the study. Duoethnography differs from biography in that researchers use their personal narratives as space through which they can explore larger sociological phenomenon.

    This paper aims to engage in a conversation about our journey breaking the social barriers towards creating psychotherapeutic attention for people with sight loss. Mhairi Thurston is a researcher from the UK who has studied the needs of people with sight loss for the last 11 years and has developed the Counselling for Sight Loss Program, now implemented through the RNIB across the UK. Leslie Thompson is a researcher from Mexico with an eight-year trajectory studying the grieving process of sight loss and currently building the path towards exploring the needs for psychotherapeutic attention in the research centres for sight loss and bridging the gap to adapt the UK model in Mexico.

    Through this conversation, both researchers reflect on their motivations to change the system, the similarities and differences they’ve faced in their own cultural context, and how they’ve come together to work towards breaking the disabling barriers of society towards people with sight loss. We invite anyone to enter the conversation. We’re grateful for any comments and questions that will strengthen our path in challenging the social narrative surrounding sight loss.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2021
    EventAssociation for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society: Failed Mourning, Fractured Social Contracts Psychosocial Perspectives on Recognition, Reckoning, and Repair - virtual
    Duration: 15 Oct 202124 Oct 2021


    ConferenceAssociation for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society
    Abbreviated titleAPCS 2021


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