Welcome to Therapeutic Attitude.
In 2015 I wrote a book: Being With and Saying Goodbye. Cultivating Therapeutic Attitude in Professional Practice It is passionate and, some people have told me, contains some wisdom. In January 2016 Karnac published it, just a little too late for everyone to buy it for all their family for Christmas. I believe it is still for sale, though, so it is actually not too late.
Here is the review in The BJPsych Bulletin
This blog takes some of the ideas forwards and explores, for example, Therapeutic Attitude, Values-Based Practice, and the role of subjective evidence.
Here are some recent and favourite posts:
17th March, Loosening the Knot
29th November, Leaves Leaving
14th November, Autumn and Parting
23rd March, Vortex Management
8th February, The Pain of the Wronged World
9th January, In the middle of your life
23rd October, Reaching Across and Introducing Animus
17th June, Two Stories About Jade
(The next two are posted here for my sister site Developmental Conversations and in response to the Coronavirus pandemic)
10th May 2020, Self-care and remote-working
4th April 2020 Staff Wellbeing through Covid-19
27th January, Narrative Matters
5th of April, A new home in free musical improvisation
16th March, Everything worth waiting for is worth the wait
28th February, Therapeutic Alliteration
24th September, Compass Bearings
12th June, Why Normal?
5th May, Horse-Whispering
27th January, Pebbles and People
15th September, Diagnosis: With great power goes great responsibility
23rd June, The Sins of the Pathway
10th Jan, Nature of Evidence – After the day
Please join in, enquire, or leave feed-back. You can do this by using the “leave a reply” box, particularly under 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.
Check out 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. There are links to the publisher’s pages as well as some places you can buy it.
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.
Oh, and I tweet @afwesty