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The focus of this presentation is an application of Pearce and Cronin‟s (1980a) Theory of Co-ordinated Management of Meaning to a user-led, user- run, mental health, peer advocacy service. An episode of communication is analysed. This suggests the usefulness of considering a „three levelled ‟ „charmed loop ‟ (Pearce and Pearce 2000b:13) of „reciprocal relationships ‟ between interpersonal relationships, life scripts and agency ethos. The agency ethos of mutualism is connected with the creation of a positive identity and the creation of comparatively egalitarian relationships. This charmed loop contrasts to the strange loop that is often found in professionally led mental health services. PAPER The focus of the paper is a locked stampbox that is kept in a dull grey metal stationary cupboard in what has been tactfully described as a small and rather „well-used ‟ (Action for Advocacy 2010) registered charity office, in a Northern, inner-city, low-income estate. The charity‟s main project is a peer advocacy service. The stamp box contains large and regular size First and Second Class stamps of approximately £60 in value, at any one time, and a small handwritten recording book. There are three main uses of the postage stamps in the box: first, letters can be sent by the Peer Advocates (PAs) representing the views of clients to other agencies; secondly, letters can be sent by th

Year: 2014
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