Session: Narrative and Phenomenological Methods to Understand the Lived Experiences of Clients/Communities (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

All in-person and virtual presentations are in Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST).

SSWR 2023 Poster Gallery: as a registered in-person and virtual attendee, you have access to the virtual Poster Gallery which includes only the posters that elected to present virtually. The rest of the posters are presented in-person in the Poster/Exhibit Hall located in Phoenix A/B, 3rd floor. The access to the Poster Gallery will be available via the virtual conference platform the week of January 9. You will receive an email with instructions how to access the virtual conference platform.

RMW-1 Narrative and Phenomenological Methods to Understand the Lived Experiences of Clients/Communities

Thursday, January 12, 2023: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Encanto A, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Edward Scott, Jr., PhD, University of Houston and Quenette Walton, PhD, LCSW, University of Houston
This interactive workshop has been designed for those with limited experience in conducting qualitative research. Even those familiar with qualitative work will find the deep(er) dive into narrative and phenomenological approaches beneficial.

Participants will be given a brief, general overview on the use of qualitative methods to better understand the lived experiences of individuals, groups, and/or communities. Conducting research with diverse groups, the use of self as an instrument of data collection, and other ethical considerations will be discussed. The presenters will then explain why and how narrative and phenomenological methods are used. Theoretical underpinnings, methodological strategies, and data analysis techniques will be explained. As this workshop is interactive, participants will use their own topics/areas of interest to engage in individual activities and small group discussions.

Participants will leave with a better understanding of qualitative methodology in general, narrative and phenomenological approaches in particular, and a topic-specific study outline to guide a future project.

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