Options: conversation in collaboration

Hannah Denton, Mark Haydon-Laurelut, Duncan Moss, Angela Paterson Foster, Jan Shepherd

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‘Options’ is a locally developed brief therapy intervention that draws on ideas from systemic and narrative therapy as well as community psychology. It is unusual in that it uses a reflecting team with individuals. Options practitioners come from a range of backgrounds to allow for a variety of perspectives with the understanding that there is no one ‘truth’ or ‘expert’ view. In this chapter, five authors, four practitioners and one service user outline their experience of Options. Rather than combine their accounts to produce one agreed description of the approach, each author shares their unique perspective, particular influences and the aspects that they most value of this way of working. As a way to mirror an ‘Options’ session these accounts are followed by a reflective conversation where the authors discuss overlaps, enjoyments, frustrations and sadnesses. Rather than a ‘how to’ the chapter aims to convey a sense of the approach with an invitation to explore ways the ideas can influence practice.
In this chapter we hope to convey our experience of using the ‘Options’ model: a brief consultation approach originally developed in an Adult Mental Health setting. This collaborative and non-pathologising way of working draws on a hybrid of ideas and practices from Community Psychology and Social Constructionist therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Innovative Community and Clinical Psychologies
EditorsCarl Walker, Sally Zlotowitz, Anna Zoli
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030711894
ISBN (Print)9783030711894
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2022


  • community psychology
  • clinical psychology
  • social constructionism
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • therapy
  • National Health Service/NHS
  • systemic psychotherapy


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