Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice / Edition 1

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This book aims to rethink systemic intervention to enhance its relevance for supporting social change in the 21st century. It offers a new systems philosophy and methodology, focusing upon the fundamental importance of exploring value and boundary judgements as part of the intervention process. It includes four detailed examples of the practice of systemic intervention.

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"[...]I would strongly recommend this impressive, coherent, and principled book. It could broaden the community psychologists' horizons and suggest some solutions to the kinds of dilemmas and problems that can bog us down so much."
(Mark Burton, Manchester Learning Disability Partnership, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 13:4, July-August 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306464881
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/31/2001
  • Series: Contemporary Systems Thinking Series
  • Edition description: 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Systems Thinking for the 21st Century.
Section I: Philosophy. 2. Why Philosophy? 3. The Systems Idea. 4. Process Philosophy.
Section II: Methodology. 5. Why Methodology? 6. Systemic Intervention. 7. Boundary Critique. 8. Theoretical Pluralism. 9. Methodological Pluralism. 10. Mixing Methods. 11. Learning about Methodology and Methods.
Section III: Practice. 12. Why Practice? 13. Community Operational Research. 14. Developing Housing Services for Older People. 15. Planning for Disaster. 16. Planning and Evaluation Diversion from Custody for Mentally Disordered Offenders. 17. Developing Services with Young People (Under 16) Missing from Home or Care. 18. Looking to the Future.

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