Keyword Groups: Approach, Practice & Purpose

The dignity of tiny victories

  An excerpt from Rachel Clarke’s ‘Dear Life‘, as read on radio (BBC Radio 4) by the author, on her work as a doctor in end of life care, at a hospice. Here, Rachel recounts an encounter with one memorable resident at the home. It’s uplifting story of a thoroughly person-centred approach,  going with a […]


Asset Based Community Development: a strengths-based approach that applies to communities in both senses of the word – the community at large’, and also the smaller, more ‘intentional’ communities that individuals may join or enter, for a particular purpose


EET is a commonly used acronym for “Employment, Education or Training” – seen as a measure of inclusion, and also of success in efforts to help vulnerable individuals on the path to independence. 


The psychologist Abraham Maslow coined the term ‘self-actualisation’ to describe what he saw as the highest of all human ‘needs’.Those from a culture less focussed on individualistic striving may see belonging to a community, and taking collective action, as equally valid. Here the term covers and equates creative self-expression, such as in the arts, with […]

rules of engagement

Carefully thought-through ‘rules of engagement’, taking into account users’ psychological and emotional needs, are seen as typical or defining features of a psychologically informed environment. See Keats et al: “Psychologically informed services”; also Johnson: “A handy guide to PIEs” (Video) .

a PIE of pathways

Attention taken to the range of services in any one area, and thus the “pathways” by which individuals enter of leave any one service, with the same ‘psychologically informed’ thinking. See also ‘cycle of change’; ‘systemic failure’.