In this podcast Dr Gareth Owen gives an overview of phenomenology in psychiatry, discussing some of the historical background to the development of the discipline, some of the problems and how it relates in comparison with other disciplines such as a biological or psychological approach to a psychiatric disorder. He also touches on how we can bring a phenomenological understanding into our daily practice.


Date published: 4 June 2008

Audio running time: 24 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes:


By the end of this podcast we hope you will:


  • have a better understanding of what Phenomenology is

  • know more about the historical development of phenomenology

  • be familiar with some of the problems of phenomenology

  • appreciate how some of the outcomes of phenomenology can lead to better psychiatry

  • understand how to bring a phenomenological approach into one’s daily psychiatric practice.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2008. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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