Show Summary Details
Page of

(p. 210) Working with your networks 

(p. 210) Working with your networks
(p. 210) Working with your networks

Dickon Bevington

, Peter Fuggle

, Liz Cracknell

, and Peter Fonagy

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Clinical Psychology Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 January 2021

This chapter describes the third quadrant of the AMBIT wheel: efforts toward improving networks around clients. Typical networks around complex clients are described, emphasizing the diverse ways constituent parts are understood by each other (and understand themselves), and the reciprocal ways these influence function. Systemic and positioning theories explain the tendency of networks to organize around concrete understandings of roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities. The inevitability of “dis-integration” across such ‘industrially designed’ networks is described, alongside AMBIT’s intention to reduce blame and shame as primary drivers in networks. The AMBIT stance describes the paradoxical demand that workers must both address multiple domains in a client’s life (requiring large networks) and take responsibility for minimizing the harms of dis-integration that these networks entail. Rather than describing (teleological) reorganization as the only possible response, systematic practices and tools to increase mindfulness about the minds that make up systems are presented: the un-service-centric stance, Dis-Integration Grids, Pro-grams, and sculpting.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Clinical Psychology requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.