Do one thing – different or the same, it doesn’t really matter…

Do one thing – different or the same, it doesn’t really matter…

Had a lovely morning yesterday with my colleague, Clare Thormod, a GP in East London, training a group of speech therapists. I have been closely connected with Clare for a while, but it was the first time that I can recall us actually training together. And it was a pleasure for me to be able to listen to Clare talking about some of the ways that she makes use of the solution-focused approach in her ultra-brief consultations as a GP. One thing I...

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Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry

Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry

I was delighted to attend the inaugural meeting of the London Asylum Group last night, organised by Dave Harper, a member of Asylum’s editorial collective. Asylum is a grassroots mental health mag, originally produced by Alec Jenner and others in Sheffield in the 1980s, who were inspired by the Psichiatria Democratica movement which had begun in Italy in the 1970s. As a social work student in Sheffield in the late 80s, I was fired up by...

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Home again…

Home again…

Home in London after a memorable visit to Palestine to meet social workers, present to social work students and finally to attend a conference on narrative responses to trauma. I learned loads, not least about narrative therapy, and ideas about what could be used within or alongside solution-focused practice are bubbling away. I shall set myself to writing something about this just as soon as an imminent philosophy exam has come and gone.

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