Positions and polarities in contemporary systemic practice: The legacy of David Campbell

Burck, Charlotte and Barratt, Sara and Kavner, Ellie (2013) Positions and polarities in contemporary systemic practice: The legacy of David Campbell. Systemic Thinking and Practice Series . Karnac, London. ISBN 9781780490878

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Abstract/Book Review

This book provides a rich collection of the work that has been informed by the ideas of the eminent family therapist and clinical psychologist, Dr David Campbell who died in August 2009. Contributors are drawn from different fields and describe models they have developed for organizational consultation, training, therapy and research. The book includes a range of important topics, key ideas which thread through contemporary theoretical frameworks, a research study into young people’s experience of parental mental illness, and the application of Dr Campbell’s use of semantic polarity theory in supervision, research and clinical practice. The innovative consultancy model developed by David Campbell with Marianne Groenbaek is elaborated here. Personal accounts of work in different contexts include a priest consulting within his community, the use of self in training systemic psychotherapists, the experience of consultation in academic settings, and a narrative of a training course for psychiatrists. Interspersed with these chapters are David Campbell's own reflections concerning the development of his ideas and practice over time. The book shows the value of simply expressed ideas applied in complex circumstances and will be welcomed by many different readers to enrich their thinking and practice. Description: The Systemic Thinking and Practice Series was co-founded in 1989 by series editors David Campbell and Ros Draper to promote innovative applications of systemic theory to psychotherapy, teaching, supervision, and organizational consultation. David Campbell’s striking ability to articulate very complex ideas in simple and engaging ways helped many others to connect to the ideas which underlie systemic family therapy and systemic consultation. As well as honouring his work, this volume exemplifies many of the key aims of the Systemic Thinking and Practice Series series, covering as it does theory and practice, teaching research, consultation, and supervision, as well as new and creative applications to the world beyond therapy. It has much to offer to a wide readership of psychotherapists and others interested in multiple ways of applying systemic ideas.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family, Couple, Systemic Therapy, Groenbaek
Subjects: Couple & Family Therapies > Systemic Family Therapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2013 14:31
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 15:00
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/692

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