Unfinished business - the book

"Unfinished business : essays on the development of Psychologically Informed Environments' is the title for a collection of essays by Robin Johnson - the founder and original editor/curator of the PIElink (and the PIEs frameworks)

These are some or most of the pieces of 'unfinished' writings or other projects that Johnson was still wanting to work on, at the point where he had to start seriously winding down his activities, and be ruthless about priorities.

In these essays, Johnson delves more deeply into the thinking, the research and the theories behind the development of the PIEs concept and the potential role of the PIEs framework, the Pizazz and the PIE Abacus in future developments.

Here we find the sections of this website that match the essays in the book - with links, where useful. The book has a typically quite personal 'Foreword'; and then an Introduction, which you will find here in full; and likewise the 'Afterthought'.

There are then excerpts from most if not all of the chapters; and in two cases there are here the full 'structured abstracts' that are normally a pre-requisite for publication in an academic journal, These you will find here, as inclusion here allows hyperlinks to pages and library text here on the PIElink.

This innovative linkage between the book and the website is also used for the companion volume "Psychologically informed environments from the ground up : Service design for complex needs'. But in the case of this book, in particular, it allows the contents and narrative of the book to be truly 'unfinished'.....

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Three Models of the Origins of Homelessness, with their implications for the ‘psychology’ issues arising in services.
  • Trauma is not the only psychology : Translating research on trauma into operational practice with Psychologically Informed Environments
  • The Window of Tolerance, the Drama Triangle, and the Adjacent Possible
  • Attachment, trauma and the social environment: a bio-psycho-social perspective in homelessness work
  • Strengths, ambivalence and paradox: Group structures and peer to peer accountability in a community therapeutic environment.
  • Pre-treatment : PIEs in the micro-social world
  • Living in 'Temporary Accommodation': on meeting the psychological and emotional needs of those who are transiently housed
  • 'Unfinished business'
  • Afterthoughts
  • About the author


All PIE publications : HERE

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Partnerships and networking

Income and business model adjustments