PIEs 2.0 - Five core themes

In the way that we see and understand the work of a psychologically informed environment, five core themes stand out. Clustered under these five, we then find roughly fifteen or so areas in practice - which we call, therefore, the 'practice elements'.

This is not to say that all services necessarily work with or work on all fifteen of these; for some ways of working some elements are more or less relevant, at least initially, and the priorities of any particular service will inevitably vary from time to time.

The account given here, which we call 'PIEs 2.0', is the product of five years' original development of the ideas, and the practice, of PIEs; and another five years of further, still on-going discussions and explorations of developing practice in this highly dynamic field.

PIEs 2.0 is the most current, and most up-dated version (or 'formulation") of what it is to be a PIE, taking into account a string of developments in the practice of services since the earlier account - 'PIEs One' (HERE) - was first formulated.

NB: Many services however do find the the PIEs One account is sufficient for their needs - at least to begin with. A service that is focussed on one particular building, for example, may find that the wider issues that PIEs 2.0 addresses are not thieir first concern. If so, it is quite OK to begin with PIEs One; and start to incide PIEs 2.o's wider and deeper issues only when ready.


The 'Big Five'

PIEs 2.0 identifies the major themes, dimensions, or areas to look at, under five 'high level' headings. These top five areas are:

  • Developing more 'psychological awareness' of the needs of service users
  • Valuing training and support for staff ( and volunteers) as well as service users.
  • Creating a service culture of constant learning and enquiry
  • Creating and/or working with 'spaces of opportunity'
  • Fine-tuning the 3 Rs - the rules, roles and responsiveness of the service

(In this area of the site, each of these themes is identified by these five images.)

Within each theme, there are then three or four more tangible or practical expressions of these general themes.

These more specific examples of the PIE framework in practice will need to interpreted and customised to the needs and the language of the specific service. Depending on the client group, the nature of the service, the geography of the locality, the work of other services in the field and the 'pathways' in and between services - and the gaps and barriers - there will often be a wording for these issues in context  that is more naturul for you to use

For more on these specifics, in each of the main themes, simply click on the links here to the pages relating to each issue.

  • Psychological awareness 101 :   HERE
  • Training and support for staff 101 :   HERE
  • Learning and enquiry 101 :   HERE
  • Spaces of opportunity 101 :   HERE
  • The Three Rs 101 :   HERE

Do also check out, too, the pages here on reflective practice (HERE) and where 'managing' or highlighting 'relationships' (HERE) fits. in the PIEs 2 model.

You will find plenty of links from these pages, which you can follow in your own time, according to your particular interests. You will find many examples in the Case studies pages of the 'PIEs in practice section' : HERE.

And when you are ready, start to work your way through the 'Digging Deeper 'pages : HERE

For advice on working on whatever particular issues in the framework seem most relevant, see: A little bit PIE'd? : HERE

For the thinking behind suggesting a single framework for ALL services for complex needs, see : A single framework : HERE

Finally, for advice on not getting too hung up on exactly what goes where, in this framework, see:  My cat is a built environment? : HERE

For an informal account of the expanded scope and overall purpose of PIEs 2.0



Further background reading/listening/viewing

The key features of the revised version are briefly outlined and explored in turn:

  • Psychological awareness 101 : HERE

  • Training and Support 101 : HERE

  • Learning and Enquiry 101 : HERE

  • The Three Rs 101 : HERE

  • Spaces of Opportunity 101 : HERE


It all hangs together.


Digging Deeper

The 'Big Five' : HERE

PIEs 1- the original ('classic') core : HERE


Other useful background reading/viewing

Is the PIE evolving? : HERE

Memes: a cautionary tale : HERE

Is the PIE just about homelessness? : HERE

Psychologically informed environments and the enabling environments initiative : HERE

In search on the enabling environment HERE

Creating a Psychologically Informed Environment - assessment and Implementation HERE

A very brief introduction to the key elements of a PIE : HERE

A very brief history of PIE : HERE

A VERY brief future of PIE : HERE

My cat is a built environment? : HERE