EUROPEAN FAMILY THERAPY ASSOCIATION
CONNECTING FAMILY THERAPISTS AND TRAINERS
2nd EFTA Research Café with Viola Sallay Experience Mapping/Emotional Mapping in systemic qualitative research
What is experience mapping (ExperiMAP)? It is a systemic research and intervention tool that helps professionals map affective and relational self-regulative actions and reactions in the everyday lives of individuals, couples, and families. As a visual, creative, and qualitative method, it makes the invisible visible in research and therapy.
The procedure developed by Hungarian researchers and family therapists Viola Sallay and Tamás Martos entails visual representations of one’s important environments (home, life space, workplace) and marking the places of positive and negative experiences on it. The adjacent interview and qualitative data analysis focus on these emotional experiences and the environmental and relational self-regulation processes.
In the Research Café, we will discuss the methodology’s potential with the participants and give several examples of its recent use in our systemic research in health psychology and systemic practice. We will also touch upon the relevant qualitative assessment and data-analytic techniques that can be useful in research and clinical practice.