1 Health Promotion, The Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University2 Social Innovation, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University3 Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University4 The Research Group in 'Working Life and Learning', Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University5 Health, Institutions and Subjectivity, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
This article analyses two cases from health and social care, adopting a psychosocietal approach. The analysis highlights how professionalism evolves and develops through an introspection of the relational and scenic processes between professionals, as well as between the professional and the client or patient. As a phenomenon at the core of professional practice, it will be argued that introspection needs to recognize and encompass the intra- and inter-psychic responses and understandings of professionals and their clients and patients. The first case places supervision as a learning space, where framing and complex exchanges of loss and confirmation, and of denial and displacement take place between a group of social workers and their supervisor. In the second case, it becomes apparent how the research interview opens up an opportunity for processing the emotions and socially critical experiences involved in hospital work.