Talking as Cure? Contemporary Understandings of Mental Health and its Treatment
Research Network 2020 – 2021
Sahanika Ratnayake and Riana Betzler introduce the CRASSH Network 'Talking as Cure?' and describe two studies, exactly 25 years apart, that changed the landscape of contemporary psychotherapy.
This network unites scholars from across the humanities to develop a holistic understanding of why certain methods of talking and interpersonal exchange are deemed therapeutic and how they came to have this status. We will explore the emergence of these therapeutic ideas and practices, survey the landscape of contemporary talking therapies, scrutinise the structures and dynamics that practitioners and patients must negotiate while participating in talking therapies today, and consider the ethical questions raised by these therapeutic practices.