NIODA and Human Research Ethics
The systems psychodynamic approach has grown out of a theoretical tradition integrating learning from psychoanalysis, systems theory, group relations theory and necessarily involves the study of human social phenomena. Systems psychodynamic methods attempt to work with covert, often hidden dynamics in social systems, through the bringing of unconscious phenomenon into conscious thought, such that underlying system patterns are able to be accessed. A hallmark of the systems psychodynamic approach to research is that it is often emergent and iterative and anchored in the conscious and unconscious experience of any or all of the following: the individual, the group, and the researchers.. The task of the researcher is to take up an interpretive stance to discover and negotiate the meanings that guide social behaviour and make sense of actions. Ethically sound research that uses systems psychodynamic methods requires the researcher to think carefully about their approach to the research to ensure they do no harm. Particular attention should be given to selecting and recruiting participants, managing any risks associated with participation in the research and obtaining informed consent.
All NIODA staff and research students should become familiar with the NIODA Research Ethics guidelines and the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC’s) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans prior to completion of the Application Form for Ethics Approval of Research Projects.