During the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, in-person attendants will be able to participate in workshops related to Critical Health Psychology presented by Chilean researchers.

Participants will be able to choose between the following workshops*:

Qualitative data analysis beyond coding.

Dra. María Alejandra Energici (Andrés Bello University) and Dra. Isidora Bilbao (Alberto Hurtado University).

This workshop aims to introduce participants to the «Thinking with theory» methodology, providing them with hands-on learning and discussions on the strengths and limitations of this approach in various research contexts. The workshop offers an alternative to traditional coding methods for qualitative data analysis and equips participants with the tools to engage with data more critically and creatively.

While coding has proven useful in some contexts, it falls short when exploring complex social and health issues that require a comprehensive understanding of the various factors that shape our experiences. «Thinking with theory» offers a more nuanced and sophisticated approach, encouraging researchers to engage with the complexities of data by drawing on various theoretical perspectives. This enables a deeper and more insightful interpretation of social and health phenomena by identifying and analyzing underlying assumptions, power dynamics, and hidden meanings.

Through this workshop, participants can gain valuable insights into this methodology’s potential for exploring complex issues and be better equipped to engage in critical and creative data analysis.

Researching disability with children: the challenge of seeing, listening and playing together

Dra. Mónica Peña Ochoa (Diego Portales University)

An interdisciplinary team of psychologists, educators, and a kinesiologist in Chile evaluated school integration programs by analyzing the daily experiences of children in 40 cases nationwide. However, it’s difficult to collect qualitative data from children, especially those with disabilities, as interviews remain the primary form of contact due to time and scale constraints. To address this, the team designed an inclusive game where children narrate stories with different characters in four settings using relevant objects. The results highlighted challenges with disability awareness, adult perspectives, and the role of playtime in inclusion. The team aims to tackle issues related to adult-child asymmetry, the importance of children as social and communication subjects, and the use of images and play in working with children through this experience. Overall, the study sheds light on the complexities of evaluating school integration programs and the importance of including children’s perspectives in the process.

Through this experience, this workshop seeks to tackle some simple elements of qualitative methodological design with children:
1) Adult-child asymmetry
2) Children as social, generational, and communication subjects
3) Images and play as a symbolic field for working with children

Care as a critical research methodology

Dr. Sebastián Rojas (Andrés Bello University

This workshop aims to explore care as a critical concept for engaging with research in a new way, inspiring alternative concerns and enunciations. While care has become a key research topic due to global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop suggests that its potential lies not only in its use as a research topic but in its ability to provide a specific approach to daily research situations.

The workshop proposes that care can help examine the current arrangements that enable certain things, objects, and individuals to exist while neglecting other possible realities. It draws from relational ontology and semiotic-material practices to promote sensitivity to the entanglements that hold these realities together. The workshop will examine two case studies to illustrate how care is always local and enacted at a micropolitical level, defying abstract considerations. Care as a method for social analysis requires attention to entanglements between material and discursive factors, and the interactions between power, affects, feelings, humans, and the more-than-human in producing care or neglect.

*More workshops and more workshop details on these workshops will be available soon. We expect to run four different workshops during the conference.