By Nick Child
This paper was a keynote presentation at the Connections in Practice conference in Stirling in March 2000, organised jointly by AFT Scotland and the Scottish Executive, who provided enough funding for places to be free. AFT is The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the UK. The focus of the day was primarily on the application of Family Therapy ideas to other helping professions, which AFT calls Systemic Practice. In particular this event was about applying them to Social Work, which is what the Scottish Executive wanted from us. That event was also the low-key launch of the Systemic Practice Network of which this web-site is a part. Other presentations that day are to be found here too.
Here's the original presentation
Here's a revised 2010 published version