Creative Positions in Adult Mental Health: Outside In-Inside Out

Editor : Sue McNab, Editor : Karen Partridge

Part of The Systemic Thinking and Practice series - more in this series

Creative Positions in Adult Mental Health: Outside In-Inside Out

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : April 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 336
  • Category :
    Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy
  • Catalogue No : 33866
  • ISBN 13 : 9781780491929
  • ISBN 10 : 1780491921
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This book presents cutting edge developments in Adult Mental Health through the presentation of creative and innovative applications of systemic theory to practice. The first section deconstructs the medical model with some of the current beliefs and practices shaping services whilst placing adult mental health in a wider social and political context. The second half of the book showcases good practice from the field. At either end of the volume “bookends” invite current clients and staff to write about their experiences with the aim of bringing a powerful personal context into the work. We intend to create a shift from third person objectivity to a first person experience as a political act which flows through the book.

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‘Sue McNab and Karen Partridge are to be congratulated for assembling this book about creative positions in adult mental health. Each contribution uniquely brings alive in vivid and moving ways the importance of this book, demonstrating how making and taking creative positions can open up multiple opportunities to make a difference that is practically relevant for all those involved in adult mental health. This is one of those books that may well transcend professional and service boundaries and be on the reading lists of all disciplines and be a source of encouragement to people using professional services.’
— John B. Burnham, systemic family psychotherapist, and author of Family Therapy: First Steps Towards a Systemic Approach

‘This collection is from a wonderful array of multi-cultural contributors who shape and form the many systemic therapeutic possibilities and innovations in the context of international mental health services. Such diversity is to be celebrated, as the main focus of the work is in the public services. The hope, coupled with the artistic and ethical brushstrokes outlined throughout, is indeed heartening in a time of manufactured austerity with its designed cut-backs, contraction, and the predominance of diagnosis with “results driven” practices at the expense of creative and effective treatments. Thank goodness for the bravery of this book, its editors, and its writers in their creative yet critical positionings, and for those vibrant (and sometimes rightly angry) marginal voices.’
— Imelda McCarthy, PhD, systemic therapist, supervisor, writer, and presenter

About the Editor(s)

Sue McNab worked as a Systemic Psychotherapist in CAMHS in London before moving to Adult Mental Health services in Oxford Health NHS Trust ten years ago. She has also been attached to the Tavistock Centre and the Institute of Family Therapy as a trainer and supervisor on the Masters courses and currently works on the Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy at IFT. During a period of working on adolescent inpatient units, she became interested in mother blaming and shaming discourses and has written on this topic with her colleague and friend Ellie Kavner.

Karen Partridge is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist currently working at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and in private practice. Her clinical work has taken place primarily in adult mental health but she has worked across the age range and across services. Her PhD research was an enquiry into organisational change in hospitals, and she completed her systemic training at the KCC Foundation where she worked as a tutor and Co-Director. She teaches and supervises professionals in a wide range of settings and is interested in consultation and training in staff groups and organisations, and in the interface between therapy, community and organisational interventions, action research and social justice.

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