Psychologically Informed Principles in Residential Care

In February 2020, Iain Boag, St Martin's Head of Residential Care, published a book exploring how to provide the best, person-centred support for the most marginalized people living in registered care. In it he introduces the Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) framework as an innovative tool that care workers can use to improve their daily work practice.

'As pressure grows on care managers and staff to work with ever more complex needs, this book is a timely account of how introducing the Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) principles into a care home will improve work practice and outcomes for residents.

The PIE approach enables staff to:

  • Have improved understanding of residents' needs
  • Better understand how to respond effectively to complex behaviour
  • Introduce trauma-informed practice into their work
  • Improve staff support and morale
  • Improve outcomes for even the most hard to reach clients

Reflecting on one care home’s journey to becoming a PIE this book shows how low-cost, high-impact interventions delivered on the frontline can have far reaching effects on the wellbeing of residents, staff and wider culture of the care environment. It will be of interest to all professional, academics, policy-makers and students working in the fields of adult social services and health and social care more broadly.'

Further information

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Highwater House

Chapter 2 - What is a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE)?

Chapter 3 - Trauma-Informed Care

Chapter 4 - Relationships

Chapter 5- Reflective Practice

Chapter 6 - Elastic Tolerance

Chapter 7 - Psychological Awareness

Chapter 8 - Environment

Chapter 9 - Evidence

Chapter 10 - Rules, Roles, and Responsiveness (The 3 Rs)

Chapter 11 - Staff Support and Training




More on the book : HERE

To purchase :

‘Psychologically informed Environment Principles in Adult Residential Care’ by Iain Boag is available in print or ebook form via the publishers, HERE  and through other online retailers