Home Page: Therapeutic Attitude

         Most recent:

12th June, Why Normal?

5th May, Horse-Whispering

27th January, Pebbles and People

19th October, The Denial of Shit and the Impossibility of Institutional Compassion

15th September, Diagnosis: With great power goes great responsibility

23rd June, The Sins of the Pathway

10th Jan, Nature of Evidence – After the day

2nd Jan, Learning Respect – a reflection

Welcome to the home page of Therapeutic Attitude – a site prompted by the publication by Karnac Books  of Being With and Saying Goodbye. Cultivating Therapeutic Attitude in Professional practice .

As this site develops I hope that it will, as well as promoting discussion prompted by the book, also explore notions of Therapeutic Attitude, Values-Based Practice, and the role of Subjective Evidence.

The site is in its early stages of development and it may not be the easiest to navigate. There are broadly three areas:

  1. The book. You will find here a posting on Being With and Saying Goodbye. It will tell you at least a bit about the book. You will find out more at the publisher’s pages in the UK and in the US.
  2. Question and Comment is where I hope discussion will develop. So far their are four comments, most recent addition posted on the 8th of April 2016.
  3. There are a number of other pages, listed in the menu in the top right of this page. For example, because the subtitle of the book is Cultivating Therapeutic Attitude in Professional Practice I posted a brief explanation of what I mean by Professional Practice and why I chose to use that phrase, rather than to settle entirely on my own area of practice which is Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Also, if you are interested in what else I have written you can look at a list of papers which I am gradually annotating. You will find that this is not a typical academic oeuvre.

If you feel like posting on this site by way of feedback or relevant discussion I hope you will do so. You can probably do this by using the “leave a reply” box at the bottom of the page. Or, better, go to the Questions and Comments page. Whatever you post, please do make it polite. Maybe follow those methods that are taught for giving constructive feedback. Postings are moderated, so if you write something offensive (to me or anyone else) it will not appear.

I look forward to this journey.                    Andrew West. January 2016

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