Work Discussionbrings together a combination of close observation of, and personal and interpersonal responses to, the minutiae of the work setting and its dynamics, both internal and external. Such a model depends on the development of hard-won capacities, and the descriptions offered here, both by students and by experienced staff, fully demonstrate the immense relevance of the approach, both to training and to a wide variety of work situations.
The book outlines the process of the method itself, followed by descriptions of a range of settings, both in Britain and abroad, in which that method has been successfully applied. The contributors draw on experiences across age, culture, and race in, for example, schools, hospitals, residential homes, in a prison, and in a refugee community. The final chapter explores the implications of work discussion for research and policy-making more generally. Many of the situations narrated here are extreme, whether in terms of disturbance or of vulnerability, but they offer moving insights into how effective the method can be and how truly impressive a developmental model it provides.
Reviews and Endorsements:
”How do we help the helpers? Those of us who have worked with troubled individuals and families know how important it is to have both time to reflect with others and the right spaces to do it in. It is the process of talking through that enables practitioners to go on going on—holding them and offering the moments of reprieve. This book shows how work discussion can offer that space for reflection—a must read for practitioners working with children and families.”
- Mary MacLeod, Chief Executive , Family and Parenting Institute
“This is a superb collection, showing from [the perspectives of] both trainee and trainer how real learning is surprising, disturbing and exciting when subjective experience is taken seriously. It’s a wonder that the Tavistock’s gift to public service development has been kept under wraps for so long.”
- Sebastian Kraemer, Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Whittington Hospital; Honorary Consultant , Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust