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(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

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date: 17 April 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.

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