The positioning compass: A tool to facilitate reflexive positioning

Partridge, Karen (2007) The positioning compass: A tool to facilitate reflexive positioning. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation & Training, 18 . pp. 96-111. ISSN 0960-9830

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This paper describes the development of an idea called a Positioning Compass, constructed to help the therapist or consultant to "go on" in a session by facilitating reflexivity and reflexive positioning; that is,, the ability to reflect on action and use those reflections to inform future action. By listening to semantically rich words used by the client/s and/or participants in the session, "pointers" can be constructed with a "rich word" at one pole and its opposite at the other. A number of pointers constructed during the session can be put together to create a Positioning Compass, which illustrates the discourses that may be positioning participants in the conversation. Constructing a Positioning Compass can help clients and systemic practitioners to shift to "talk about talk" (second order positioning) or created new direction in a session, (third order positioning). The use of Positioning Compass is illustrated with examples from therapy, teaching, supervision and consultation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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