One Day Workshop with Jim Wilson

A Systemic Orientation to Keeping Practice Thriving with Families and their Networks

This event is co-sponsored by the Family Therapy Association of Ireland and University College Dublin (Family Therapy Training Programme, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital)


One Day Workshop


Jim Wilson

Date:                   5th December 2014

Venue:                Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

Time:                   9.30a.m. – 4.30p.m.

“The mere fact that we recognize the importance of ideals that are better than our existing practice does not in itself mean we are hypocrites or humbugs. It is normal. The whole point of having ideals at all is to criticise current practice. If there were a society whose ideals were no more than a description of its existing behaviour it would be almost inconceivably inert “Mary Midgley, “Science and Poetry” (2001).

This workshop will emphasise a social – relational attempt to keep practice alive in Mental Health and Social Care settings where the endless manufacturing of diagnoses and explanatory theories for problems of living lack a corresponding appreciation of the skills necessary to create contexts of care, curiosity and competence as the basis of sound “humanualised” practices.

“In most…. treatments there is a rush towards meaning leaving the present moment behind. We forget that there is a difference between meaning, in the sense of understanding enough to explain it , and experiencing more deeply “Daniel Stern in “The Present Moment in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life” ( Norton ,2004 )

Jim will offer a “Possibilist” orientation to Practice where creativity, spontaneity and critically reflective thinking are characteristic features, to counter the false dawn of utopian cure-alls or the gathering darkness of pessimism about what can or cannot be achieved. Themes will include;

  • Doing what is realistic and negotiable in therapy and family work.
  • Expanding the practitioner’s repertoire of possibilities in child and family meetings
  • Creating useful

    Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland