The PIElink is now broadcasting......

Making use of the latest technology, in 2015 we began recording videos of interviews and discussions, with a focus on member interaction.

Web-based broadcasting was then still in its early stages, but through 2016 we began to make 'audio-visual' material; an integral part of the PIElink experience, with the prospect of more live and interactive members' forums.

It was ahead of its time; and for 2017-2020, we suspended the live events, except for recorded presentations and scheduled interviews. But the COVID era brought all of us to video conferencing; and Zoom became a household name, even a verb.

You can find out more by visiting the about broadcasts page.

PIElink webinar schedule

During the month of June 2016, as an experiment, we began scheduling regular webinars for members (and others).

Monday afternoons, 4-5 pm GMT:

  • Introduction - for new members.    An opportunity for those who are new to PIEs, or to the PIElink, to ask questions, explain what you are doing, hear about what is happening elsewhere. Using, these sessions are like a local radio phone in - but with video; and with up to 8 participants at a time, the beginnings of exchange.

Thursday afternoons, 4-5 pm GMT:

  • 'Transatlantic Dialogues' - open dialogue sessions with the US & Canada.     These sessions used Blab, for an entirely open-ended discussion on homelessness issues, across the atlantic (from either side).


From July 2016, we now are arranging Special interest groups -  topic-focussed discussions (participation by invitation)

These sessions are discussions between members on a range of issues that members have identified as their particular interests, either via correspondence or meetings, or via the keywords. For these small group discussions we propose using '' (thus with up to a maximum of 8 participants for any one discussion - hence the need for invitations.) 

If there is a discussion topic you would like to find here - just let us know.


International Blab with Ray Middleton

Author(s): Robin Johnson, Jay Levy, Claire Ritchie, Ray Middleton

This was the first deliberate attempt at a transatlantic dialogue about approaches to homelessness, using Blab.

Here we have a discussion on PIEs and Pretreatment, and more, with Jay Levy, author of two books on pretreatment, Robin Johnson, co-author of the PIEs guidance, and originator of the term itself, Claire Ritchie, author of Westminster’s toolkit on implementing PIEs, and Ray Middleton, prolific Blabber, video producer; and also author of the Leeds assessment tool for complex needs.    (aka: @JaySLevy1 @RobinPIELink, @piepeoples, and @Dialogical_Ray)

Note that this was a tentative, early adopters’ experiment; and we are still learning, for example, how to not sit with your back to the light; not get feedback whine from speakers etc.

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The keys to ‘Pretreatment’ – Jay Levy in interview with Ray Middleton.

Author(s): Jay Levy, Ray Middleton

In this recorded, live streamed, ‘real time’ broadcast, Ray Middleton interviews Jay Levy, author of two books on Pretreatment, about the key principles that Levy spells out there.

NB: This interview was part of the on-line training programme on PIEs that Middleton was running for homelessness staff in the North East of England.

See also the PIELink pages on Pretreatment; and two chapters in the Library, excerpts from Levy’s books, that illustrate his work – Andrew’s narrative and Janice and Michael’s narrative; plus his chapter on Making Meaning.

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‘Healing conversations’ – an interview with Ray Middleton on Open Dialogue and complex needs.

Author(s): Ray Middleton, Robin Johnson

In this un-edited extended interview, Robin Johnson interviews Ray Middleton of Newcastle & Gateshead Fulfilling Lives project on the ‘dialogic’ approach to mental health (and to many other areas of human social and cultural life) and especially to the value of this approach in work focussed on meeting ‘complex needs’.

See also pages here on Complex needs? and System change brokers.

NB: This interview was originally conducted and recorded as part of the Falmouth ‘Cafe Scientifique” Spring 2016 programme

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Ray Middleton Interviews Robin Johnson on PIEs

Author(s): Ray Middleton and Robin Johnson

In this early experiment in using new live streaming, Ray Middleton interviews Robin Johnson on the origins of the term PIE; and his own personal journey from mental health social work into the field of homelessness.

They go on to outline some of the key themes in the PIEs ‘framework’ – with Robin stressing that these began as observations, not instructions.

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