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Description - Consulting to Chaos by John Gordon

In clinical work, an awareness of patients' subjective experiences, particularly their perceptions of interpersonal relationships, is indispensable. The aim of this book is to improve care and treatment planning by describing a structured approach to eliciting patients' core relationship patterns. These patterns consist of the roles and scenarios into which they repeatedly cast themselves and others with whom they interact. Maladaptive patterns, in which vicious cycles and self-fulfilling prophecies of misperception, misunderstanding or provocation escalate, cause pain and havoc in personal relationships and can adversely affect both professionals' decisions and the overall delivery of treatment. This book shows how to use vital information that is often not made available to treatment teams in order to understand such potential pitfalls rather than succumb to them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781782201267
ISBN-10: 1782201262
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 147mm x mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Gordon

John Gordon is a Founder Member of the British Psychoanalytic Association and Senior Member of both the British Psychotherapy Foundation and the Institute of Group Analysis. Previously he was Consultant Adult Psychotherapist in a Forensic Psychotherapy Department and at the Cassel Hospital. He is Senior Lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University where, in collaboration with West London Mental Health NHS Trust, he co-organises, teaches and facilitates an experiential group on an MSc in Psychodynamic Approaches in Mental Health. He is co-author with the late Stuart Whiteley of 'Group Approaches in Psychiatry' (1979), co-editor of 'Psychic Assaults: Countertransference in Forensic Settings' (2008) and co-author of 'Interpersonal Dynamics Consultation: A Manual for Clinicians' (2013). He has published many papers on the development of Bion's thinking on psychosis and its application to clinical work with individuals, groups and organisations. He currently practices privately as a psychoanalyst and supervisor. Professor Gabriel Kirtchuk is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy (Forensic) and a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is the Head of the Forensic Psychotherapy Department at West London Mental Health NHS Trust where, in collaboration with Buckinghamshire New University, he developed and is co-leader of an MSc in Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health. He and his colleagues have developed over the years a manual which facilitates the systematic study of transference/counter-transference patterns by means of consultations with multi-disciplinary teams, particularly in in-patient forensic settings; more recently this approach has been extended to services in the community as well as generic psychiatric, child and adolescent settings. Until recently he was Lead Clinician of the National Forensic Psychotherapy Training and Development Strategy, a post he held for many years. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College Medical School and Chair of the Forensic Psychotherapy Society, a Member Institution of the BPC. Maggie McAlister is a member of the Society of Analytical Psychology and works as a Principle Adult Psychotherapist in a Forensic Psychotherapy department in a medium secure unit in the NHS. She originally worked as a Dramatherapist in adult mental health settings and has written and published extensively on her work as an Arts Psychotherapist and Adult Analyst in forensic and adult psychiatry. She is a registered supervisor and senior lecturer for the MSc in Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Mental Health jointly run by West London Mental Health Trust and Buckinghamshire New University. She has a private practice in North London. David Reiss, MA, MBBChir, MPhil, PgD, FRCPsych, FAcadMEd, is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London. His research interests are in the interface between clinical forensic psychiatry and public policy, including work on personality disorder, recidivism, homicide inquiries and educational issues. His clinical and educational work focuses on enabling the multidisciplinary team to gain an enhanced understanding of patients, thereby improving care and reducing risk.

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