Systemic Perspectives in Mental Health, Social Work and Youth Care: A Relational Compass

Author(s) : Anke Savenije, Author(s) : Justine Van Lawick, Author(s) : Ellen Reijmers

Systemic Perspectives in Mental Health, Social Work and Youth Care: A Relational Compass

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'This accessible and hugely engaging text sets out both to explain systemic principles for professional practice and to support the development of systemic thinking in practice. The book explores the different ways in which we look at and understand families and their relationships, and importantly, why we might look in the ways we do. The authors follow the generations of a particular family system throughout the text and with their lively writing style draw us into the family members’ experiences –their loves, their challenges, their dreams, their hurts and misunderstandings, and their successes. The authors invite us into the safety of the therapeutic context with the family members and clearly describe the unfolding of the therapeutic process, as they weave together the intra-personal with the inter-personal, social and developmental contexts of life. I strongly recommend this book as a practical and foundational text for training in health and social care practice. The sub-title of the book is ‘A Relational Compass’ – a strong metaphor to guide us the reader through the complexities of family life and to help make them more understandable, manageable and open to change.' - Arlene Vetere, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Family, VID Specialized University, Norway.

'This brilliant practice-orientated book provides a systemic compass to help practitioners to stay on course, with clients and therapists together confirming, debunking and changing their experience(s) of reality. Exercises at the end of each chapter invite the reader to reflect on their own practice and the personal contexts that contribute to their responses during the therapeutic process. A fascinating exploration of the different lenses needed to work systemically with a wide range of families in diverse settings – highly recommended to anyone interested in systemic practice!' - Eia Asen, Professor Dr. Anna Freud Centre, UK.

'I would like to endorse Systemic Perspectives in Mental Health, Social Work and Youth Care: A Relational Compass by Anke Savenije, Justine van Lawick and Ellen Reijmers. This English translation will have special relevance for mental health practitioners including psychiatrists, doctors, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, family therapists and social workers who seek to apply a systemic, contextual, and family-centred practice framework. It draws on an ever-increasing evidence-based literature that acknowledges the value of applying a ‘systemic lens’ across a range of psychiatric diagnoses and presenting issues. The dual theory and practice focus of the book including useful homework exercises will have appeal for both beginning and experienced practitioners especially the detailed illustration of therapeutic work with the Dufour family across several chapters as well as the inclusion of a wealth of practice examples to illustrate the finer points of systemic therapy. English language readers will appreciate the focus on context in therapy conversations between therapists and clients and other systems and the book provides a useful and easily understood map for systemic practice across a range of settings for individuals, couples, parents, families, groups and larger networks. The chapters on systemic work with families presenting with ‘individual vulnerabilities’ and complex mental health issues and the role of common factors in therapy change will be especially useful. In summary this book will have wide appeal for psychologists, therapists, social workers and counsellors in English speaking countries who wish to learn more about applying a systemic approach in a range of mental health contexts.' - Dr Glenn Larner, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist, Sydney, Australia, and Editor-in Chief of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy

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