Observation in Health and Social Care
216 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:21 Jul 2017

Observation in Health and Social Care

Applications for Learning, Research and Practice with Children and Adults

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Examining and exploring new approaches to therapeutic observation in health and social care, this multidisciplinary guide discusses and analyses its uses in a range of practical contexts with children, families and adults.

Developing good observation skills is paramount to sustaining relationships in the challenging settings that health and social care professionals find themselves in. This guide shows how observation is taught, applied in practice, and how it will be returned to throughout professionals' careers.

Drawing on psychoanalytic ideas and theories of human development as a base for professional learning, the experienced editors and authors offer theoretically informed models to teach observation skills in professional programmes, helping their readers prepare for successful intervention in any setting.

The relationship between psychoanalytic ideas and health, and social care/work, has sometimes been, at best ambivalent, and at worst fraught. This book creates a coherent dialogue between the thinking underpinning psychoanalytic baby and young child observation, and the worlds of: health and social care/work practice; social care/work and health education; and research. This is an exciting, ambitious venture, and one from which academics and practitioners can learn and benefit Helen Cosis Brown, Visiting Professor of Social Work, Institute of Applied Social Research, University of Bedfordshire
Comprehensive and accessible: this volume is a welcome addition to the existing literature on psychoanalytic observation and its applications. The editors offer an overview of the theoretical framework and past development of the subject, whilst wide-ranging contributions bring the topic right up to date. The publication is timely, providing a convincing argument for observation skills and relationships at the heart of professional practice. Biddy Youell. Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Using observation in working with service users and patients and in research is central to good practice. This excellent book places observation under observation and provides countless insights that will help health and social care professionals to understand the importance of observation in their work and how it can be done in thoughtful ways that have real benefits for those they work with, themselves and their organisations. It is essential reading for students, practitioners and researchers across the health and social care professions Professor Harry Ferguson, Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham

Helen Hingley-Jones is Associate Professor of Social Work at Middlesex University.

Clare Parkinson is Clinical Lecturer and Senior Social Worker at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London.

Lucille Allain is Associate Professor and Director of Social Work Programmes at Middlesex University.

Contributions by: Stephen Briggs, Pat Cartney, Andrew Cooper, Minna Daum, Claire Kent, Duncan McLean, Graham Music
Foreword by: Gillian Ruch

Foreword Gillian Ruch
1. Introduction: Observation for Our Times Clare Parkinson, Lucille Allain and Helen Hingley-Jones

2. From Observation, Via Reflection, to Practice: Psychoanalytic Baby and Young Child Observation and the Helping Professions Helen Hingley-Jones
3. ‘To Know’, ‘to Do’ and ‘to Be’: Learning through Observation in Medical Training, Teaching, Midwifery and Social Work Lucille Allain
4. ‘How Does it Feel?’ Best Interests Assessors Observe Adult Group Care Clare Parkinson
5. The Sociological Turn: Observations on a Broader Canvas Patricia Cartney

6. Working with Troubled Adolescents: Observation as a Key Skill for Practitioners Stephen Briggs
7. Observation, Attention and Awareness: Emotional States and Bodily Clues Graham Music
8. Applied Psychoanalytic Observation in Practice with Younger People Affected by Dementia Claire Kent
9. The Use of Observation in Developing Parenting Capacity Duncan McLean and Minna Daum

10. Soft Eyes: Observation as Research Andrew Cooper
11. Concluding Thoughts: Observation Looking Forward Lucille Allain, Clare Parkinson and Helen Hingley-Jones

The Contributors
Subject Index
Author Index

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