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AFT CONFERENCE 2013 Think Family Systemic and Psychodynamic Safeguarding Practices. Gary Robinson Karen Johnson Steve Edgeley. Aims 1. Share Thinking and Practice Introduce Think Family Pilot project Include the voices of families we work with Learn from each other

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AFT CONFERENCE 2013Think Family Systemic and Psychodynamic Safeguarding Practices

Gary Robinson

Karen Johnson

Steve Edgeley

Aims 1

Share Thinking and Practice

Introduce Think Family Pilot project

Include the voices of families we work with

Learn from each other

Stimulate ideas and creativity

Embrace/Observe Confidentiality and Respect

It’s a very remarkable thing that the unconscious of one person can act upon the other without passing through the conscious

Freud 1916

Aims 2

Share ideas about: Exploring, Managing and Utilising Therapists Differences:

Conscious and Unconscious Processes

Splitting, Mirroring, Projection

Parallel Processes

Relational Reflexivity


Style/Theory: Now or Tomorrow


1.30 Introductions and Sculpt

1.45 Context: Drivers

1.55 Strategy

2.10 Theory & Practice

2.20 J’s Family & Team: DVD’s

2.45 Discussion & Feedback

3.00 End

Introductions and Sculpt


Co-ordinated Management of Meaning: Safety and Risk




Think Family

Munro and Hackney

Serious Case Reviews

Political and Economic Drivers

Strategic Direction

Organisational commitment

Approved Therapies

Partnership in education

Meeting the needs of complex families – multi agency intervention

Think family and safeguarding children and adults

Supervision in practice


Quality Committee

Safeguarding Board and Groups

Systemic Training Programme

Tuesday Family Therapy Team

Think Family Training


Couples Project

Systemic Supervision Training

Model of Containment




Boundary and Space

Donald Winnicott:1964


Multi agency Consultation and Supervision

Boundary and Space

The Maturational Process and the Facilitating environment

Family Therapy Team

Individual or Family

Towards Positions of Safe Certainty


Safe Uncertainty

Safe Certainty



Unsafe Certainty

Unsafe Uncertainty

The team aims to offer Safe Uncertainty in relation to practice, supervision, consultation and training. We aim to safely challenge unhelpful defensive practices and premature certainty in promoting manoeuvrability and collaboration


(Mason 1993)

James’s Genogram











Family Referral

Safeguarding Concerns

ADHD and ASD Assessment

Physical Health Issues


Child & Adult Mental Health Issues





DVD 1: Meeting Family Sept 2013

Whilst watching the excerpt consider:

What are you noticing about, systemic, psychodynamic and safeguarding issues?

What might you be noticing about the key issues?

What might you consider doing in the session or in the space between, or next time?

DVD 2: Post session Sept 2013

Talk with you partner:

How are your ideas being affirmed and challenged?

What new ideas are emerging?

What feedback might you be able to offer the family and/or team?

Super vision

Seeing the whole picture

Rejected psychiatrist


Rejected CAMHS practitioner

Rejected social worker

Local Authority



Working alliance NHS psychiatrist

CAMHS Practitioner

Good therapist(s)

SW – Working alliance

Feedback for Mum J: Experiences

Positives Negatives

Reliability Inconsistency

Trust Mistrust

Regard Shaming

Listening Confronting

Advising Instructing

Neutrality Blaming

Interest/ Curiosity Judgement

Exercise in Pairs

Discuss a current, recent or past safeguarding or risk issue where you experienced tensions, stress or polarisation between colleagues or professionals. Explore the primacy of thinking and practice in relation to systemic, psychodynamic and safeguarding ideas.

Feedback and DiscussionRevisit Sculpt


Co-ordinated Management of Meaning: Safety and Risk



So What & Project Blue Print

So what……What has this workshop offered you which you may use?

What elements need to be included and described within a model blue print or manual? Key questions for teams?

References Psychodynamic

GiacomoRizzolatti and MaadelenaFabbriDestro (2008) Mirror Neurons. Scolarpedia, 3(1): 2055

Donald Winnicott, (1965) The Child the Family and the Outside World

Brodie, F., & Wright, J. (2002) Minding the gap not bridging the gap: Family therapy from a psychoanalytic perspective. Journal of Family Therapy, 24, pp. 205-221

Donald Winnicott, (1965) The Maturaltional Process and the Facilitating Environment

Donald Winnicott, (1965) Home is where we start from

Sue Gerhardt, (2004) Why Love Matters, How Affection Shapes a Babies Brain

Ed Tronick, (2007) Neurobehavioural and Social Emotional Development of Infants and Children

Donald Kalsched (1996) The Inner World of Trauma

References Safeguarding

Every Child Matters (2003) HM Government

Working Together (2006) HM Government

Munro Review (2011) Department for Education

Beyond Blame (1993) Peter Reder and Syvia Duncan

References Systemic

Anderson, H. Goolishian (1992). The Client as the Expert: a Not knowing Approach to Family Therapy. In McNamee,s. and Gergen,K. (eds) Therepy as Social Construction. Sage. London.

Berg, Insoo Kim. (1999) Family Preservation: A Brief Therapy Workbook. BT Press, London.

Cade, B. (2009) Some further bits and pieces about double bind. Context (2009) 102:15-16.

Cecchin, G. (1987).Hypothesizing, circularity and neutrality revisited: an invitation to curiosity. Family Process, Vol 26, p405‑413.

Cronen, V. E. and Pearce, W. B. (1985) Toward an explanation of how the Milan method works: an invitation to a systemic epistemology and the evolution of family systems. In: Campbell, D. and Draper, R. (eds), Applications of Systemic Family Therapy: The Milan Approach. London: Grune and Stratton.

Cullin, J. (2009) Double bind: much more than just a step toward a theory of schizophrenia. Context (2009) 102:8-13.

Goldner, V. Penn, P. Sheinberg, M. Walker, G. (1990) Love and Violence: Gender Paradoxes in Volatile Attachments. Family Process: 29, p. 343-364.

Hoffman Lynn (1990)Constructing realities: An Art of lenses. Family Process 29:pp1-12,

References Systemic

Jones, E. (1993) Family Systems Therapy: Developments in the Milan Systemic Therapies, Chapter 1 Family Systems Therapy. Chichester, Wiley.

Kelly, A. McKillop, K. (1996). Consequences of Revealing Personal Secrets. Psychological Bulletin. 120. 3: 450-465.

Lang, W. Little, M. Cronen, V. (1990) The Systemic Professional: Domains of Action and the Question of Neutrality. Human Systems. 1.1 pp34-49.

Mason, B. (1993). Towards Positions of Safe Uncertainty. Human Systems. 4: 189-200.

Mason, B. (2005). Relational risk taking and the therapeutic relationship. In C.Flaskas, B.Mason, and A.Perlesz (eds) The Space Between: Experience, Context and Process. Reimers,S. (2006). Family Therapy by default: developing useful fall-back positions for therapists. Journal of family Therapy. 28: 229-245.

Roberts, J. (2005). Transparency and Self-Disclosure in Family Therapy: Dangers and Possibilities. Family Process. 44.1: 45-63.

Robinson, G. Whitney, L. (1999). Working Systemically Following Abuse: Exploring Safe Uncertainty. Child Abuse Review Vol 8. 264-274.

Selvini, M. Boscolo, L. Cecchin, G. Prata, G. (1980). Hypothesizing, circularity, neutrality: three guidelines for the conductor of the session. Family Process, Vol 19, p3-12.

Stratton, P., Bland, J., Janes, E. and Lask, J. (2010), Developing an indicator of family function and a practicable outcome measure for systemic family and couple therapy: the SCORE. Journal of Family Therapy, 32: 232–258.

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