The book

To order a copy

The book is currently available to order via Amazon : HERE

Also via Blackwell's (at a reduced price) : HERE

Other retailers' lists will be posted as they go live.

Psychologically informed environments from the ground up : Service design for complex needs

From the Preface:

This book is intended as an introduction to the world of ‘psychologically informed environments' – PIEs – an idea, and a whole new way of thinking about the work of services for people with complex needs.

PIEs come in all shapes and sizes, many and varied – and this can cause some confusion when people come new to the idea – even more so when they find they are now expected to ‘be’ one, but with little indication of what that is to mean, in any given context or service.

This book aims to dispel some of that confusion, by going first to the heart and spirit of the creative work being done already by many services in meeting sometimes very complex psychological and emotional needs.

Only then do we get on to the framework of ideas that we have developed, trying to capture, spread and encourage that constructive engagement; and the Pizazz, and the software version, the PIE Abacus.


All PIE publications : HERE

Book chapters and other links

I : Preface : HERE

2 : Introduction : HERE

3 : Ideas in practice : HERE

4 : What is the PIElink? : HERE

5 : Five core themes : HERE

6 : Introducing the PIEs approach : HERE

7 : Good questions : HERE

8 : Pizazz and the PIE Abacus : HERE

9 : The future for PIEs : HERE


NB: As all issues interlock, there is some repetition of issues between chapters, but we do aim to keep this to a reasonable minimum.

In most cases, the relevance of the 'Quick Links' will be obvious; and these can be reached here (HERE), and from any page on the site, via the footer to all pages.