Infrequently asked questions
It's become standard practice on the internet to have a page of Frequently Asked Questions.
There, the website managers suggest your questions, and then helpfully answer them.
Not so here. Here we raise the questions - and you have to answer them.
What’s the Big Idea?
There is a whole other page on this site here devoted to spelling out, in broad terms, what it is we mean by 'a psychologically informed environment'.
Here you will find:
What do we mean by a PIE?
A short statement, including two videos: a cartoon version of "Does it take a psychologist to make a PIE?" and a presentation - "Psychologically Informed Environments? Who needs them?"
What are the basic elements of a PIE?
The "Handy guide", is a fairly short, off-the-cuff introduction to the key ideas, in video format; also a link to Claire Ritchie's useful implementation guide; and the two more lengthy UK government guidance documents, that first introduced the idea, and then spelled out, in 'operational' guidance, some of the issues in practice.
(For more issues in practice, see: "More issues to ponder", in the right hand column here.
What is the intention behind this website?
Finally, a short comment on the aspiration to produce here not just a useful, selective resource library, but an active, interacting community of practice.
For an up-date on developments, see the News and Events pages, and the “Members’ Directory” pages in the members’ area.
Those who have already watched the "Handy Guide", or who have read the operational guidance (Keats et al 2012) , will know that we suggest various areas for consideration, rather than giving a definitive answer on "how to be a PIE".
You will know, too, that we regard "reflective practice" as the golden road to becoming a PIE, rather than adherence to any particular set of precepts. And reflective practice is partly about simply taking the time to reflect on experience. But it does help, to ask the right questions
In the panel to left/right, you will find, if you haven't already, a dozen or so further issues to consider.
The answers that are right for your work will vary from place to place, setting to setting, and even from time to time. Therefore it will be up to you to answer them, in your own way.
NB: for registered members, there is nevertheless the option of a dialogue with others, via the membership pages.
More issues to ponder
In addition to the "Big Six" - for which, see the "Handy guide" - in this section of the site, we suggest a variety of other issues in the development of PIEs in practice. The areas currently covered here are:
A single model?
Challenges to the PIEs concept
Diversity (age, gender etc)
Also new, but restricted to members, is a new area for discussion on Domestic Violence – known now in the US as “intimate partner violence”.
Individual sections include links and/or download links to published papers on specific aspects. Some are available to all; others are available only to registered members, in the Documents Library of the Members area,
There you will find all the collected papers referenced here, in alphabetical order (that is, arranged by the authors’ names), whether publicly available or not. This large and growing area of useful material, long with videos and podcasts etc, will soon be searchable, using keywords, to identify particular areas of interest.
But, for more on paradoxical approaches to managing argumentative people, you might be interested to see, in the Library: "For argument's sake", on Debate Mate's way of encouraging assertive debating skills, and also "Debating at the Urban Academy", on the way this was used for example in Kids Company's Urban Academy.......