Registered Nurse (RN), Aust Agder College of Nursing, Norway (1984).
Master of nursing science, University of Oslo http://www.uio.no, Norway (1993).Title of the master thesis: Sykepleie til psykotiske pasienter (Giving nursing care to people diagnosed with psychosis).
Qualified as "førstelektor" (associate professor) in 2007
PhD dissertatison 8th February 2010 at University of Bergen, Norway, http://www.uib.no with thesis:"Handling UFOs and angels in psychiatric care:An ethnographic study of interpretations and government of psychotic experiences in a psychiatric rehabilitation unit".
Areas of professional interests:
Critical psychology, anthropology, psychosis, ethics. Theoretical interests: Michel Foucault on governmentality and technologies of the self, Bruno Latour on actor- network theory, Axel Honneth on recocnition, Giorgio Agamben on State of Exception.
Worked as a nurse in various Norwegian hospital departments from 1984-1988, including psychiatric and intensive care units.
Participated in developing a nursing school program for Palestinian student in Cairo 1985/1986 and worked as a nursing teacher. This project was run by The Palestinian Red Crescent and was partly funded by The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD.)
Worked as a lecturer at University of Agder since 1991 http://www.uia.no/
Links to publications
Terkelsen, Toril; Blystad,Astrid; Hydle, Ida (2005). ‘Transforming extraordinary experiences into the concept of Schizophrenia, a case study of a psychiatricNorwegian psychiatric unit’, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry: AnInternational Journal of Critical Inquiry, vol.7, https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8qOkAQjrBohMGZkMzk0MjktNWQ3My00OTUwLWIxZjMtMTA0NzMwOGUxY2Zj/edit?authkey=CMif89ML
Terkelsen, Toril (2006): ’Å bli overvåket gjennom en radiosender: Hvordan psykotiske utrykk forstås og kontrolleres i en psykiatrisk avdeling’, Tidsskrift for forskning i sygdom og samfund (To be surveilled by a radio-transmitter:How psychotic expressions are interpreted and controlled in a psychiatric unit) http://ojs.statsbiblioteket.dk/index.php/sygdomogsamfund/article/view/476
Terkelsen, Toril Borch (2009). Er sykepleiediagnoser relevante i psykisk helsearbeid ,Tidsskrift for Psykisk Helsearbeid,, nr.1 (Are nursing diagnoses relevant in the mental health field?),https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8qOkAQjrBohZzNSdVFVWWQzMFE
Terkelsen, Toril Borch (2009) Transforming subjectivities in psychiatric care. Subjectivity vol. 27,issue 1.https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8qOkAQjrBohZzNSdVFVWWQzMFE
Terkelsen, Toril Borch (2010).HandlingUFOs and angels in psychiatric care:An ethnographic study of interpretations and governance of psychotic expressions in a psychiatric rehabilitation unit. PhD dissertation, University of Bergen,https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8qOkAQjrBohcGx1TWJBZVZlM3c
Terkelsen, Toril Borch; Larsen, Inger Beate (2012).Tvangsmedisinering som permanent unntakstilstand. Erfaringer fra feltarbeid, (Compulsory medication as a permanent state of exception: Experinces from field work)Tidsskrift for psykisk helsearbeid,nr. 2.
Terkelsen, T.B., Larsen, I.B. (2013). The locked psychiatric ward. Hotel or detention camp for people with dual diagnoses.Journal of Mental Health, Oct;22(5):412-9. doi: 10.3109/09638237.2013.799266.
Larsen I.B, Terkelsen TB. (2013).Nursing Ethics. Oct 7;21(4):426-436. [Epub ahead of print]
Terkelsen T.B., Larsen I.B.(2014).
Ethics and theory/philosophy of science
The works of Buno Laotur (actor-network theory) and Michel Foucault
Coercion in a locked psychiatric ward. An anthropological study of how coercion is perceived (completed 2014
The study was carried out in 2010 as a four months field-work in a closed psychiatric ward where various forms of coercion occur regularly. Research Question: 1. How is coercion defined by those who prescribes it (ie, physician / psychiatrist), and which dilemmas do they face when force is prescribed? 2. How is coercion defined by the people who exercise it (ie, nurses and environmental workers) and how does it feel to exercise force? 3.How is coercion defined by those who are exposed to it (ie patients) and how do they experience the compulsion they are subjected to, at the moment and in retrospect? 4. What happens in the specific enforcement situations? Method: Anthropological field methodology ie, participatory observation combined with conversations/interviews. This method is particularly suitable to study at close hand how enforcement is carried out and experienced in a psychiatric day context. Through direct observation and by discussions / interviews, I collected data from different enforcement situations, such as forced hospitalization,medication and seclusion. Observations and conversations/interviews were recorded as field notes. Regional Ethical Committee for Health Research has permitted the project. Data is now being analysed. Four articles have been published
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