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(p. 1) Setting the scene 

(p. 1) Setting the scene
(p. 1) Setting the scene

Dickon Bevington

, Peter Fuggle

, Liz Cracknell

, and Peter Fonagy

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date: 11 April 2021

This chapter begins with an analysis of the fraught organizational and economic circumstances of work with the target population, and the demands these place upon workers, illustrated with four extended case scenarios. After this, the chapter covers in broad terms the solutions that AMBIT seeks to offer, describing the coherent structure of AMBIT by means of its “wheel” diagram. Four main areas of activity to be held in balance make up the quadrants of the wheel: working with your client, your team, and your networks, and learning at work. These are surrounded by four sets of paired, and often mutually contradictory, elements of a principled stance for workers. Emphasis is placed on the inevitability of being out of balance, justifying attention to structures that support the restoration of balance, and longer-term sustainability. At the wheel’s center, the load-bearing “axle” is mentalizing, which Chapter 2 addresses.

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