One Day Workshop with Jim Wilson

A Systemic Orientation to Keeping Practice Thriving with Families and their Networks


This event is co-sponsored by the Family Therapy Association of Ireland and University College Dublin (Family Therapy Training Programme, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital)


One Day Workshop


Jim Wilson

Date:                   5th December 2014

Venue:                Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

Time:                   9.30a.m. – 4.30p.m.

“The mere fact that we recognize the importance of ideals that are better than our existing practice does not in itself mean we are hypocrites or humbugs. It is normal. The whole point of having ideals at all is to criticise current practice. If there were a society whose ideals were no more than a description of its existing behaviour it would be almost inconceivably inert “Mary Midgley, “Science and Poetry” (2001).

This workshop will emphasise a social – relational attempt to keep practice alive in Mental Health and Social Care settings where the endless manufacturing of diagnoses and explanatory theories for problems of living lack a corresponding appreciation of the skills necessary to create contexts of care, curiosity and competence as the basis of sound “humanualised” practices.

“In most…. treatments there is a rush towards meaning leaving the present moment behind. We forget that there is a difference between meaning, in the sense of understanding enough to explain it , and experiencing more deeply “Daniel Stern in “The Present Moment in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life” ( Norton ,2004 )

Jim will offer a “Possibilist” orientation to Practice where creativity, spontaneity and critically reflective thinking are characteristic features, to counter the false dawn of utopian cure-alls or the gathering darkness of pessimism about what can or cannot be achieved. Themes will include;

  • Doing what is realistic and negotiable in therapy and family work.
  • Expanding the practitioner’s repertoire of possibilities in child and family meetings
  • Creating useful connections with clients and patients
  • Broadening the range of methods and movement in family sessions.
  • Illustrating Possibilist practices in Supervision
  • Generating useful dialogue beyond “resistance” , tired explanations, and false certainties, in professional discourse and case meetings


JIM WILSON worked until recently as a Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist (part –time) with Greenwich CAMHS. He is author of papers on aspects of family therapy, its politics, supervision and the treatment of child mental health concerns. His books; “Child Focused Practice; a Collaborative Systemic Approach” (Karnac 1998 ) and “The Performance of Practice ; Enhancing the Repertoire of Therapy with Children and Families“ (Karnac 2007) have been translated into several languages. Jim offers training, consultation and supervision to staff in Mental Health and Social Care organizations in the UK and Europe. He is a founding member of the Open Network for Dialogical Practices (established 2011).



Please contact FTAI at or 01-2722105 to obtain a booking form