John Launer’s 'Narrative-Based Practice in Health and Social Care' gave me a powerful surge of hope.
John finds words to express our deepest thoughts and visions for a truly
respectful and effective health care. His transparent prose brings his reader
to experience the clarity and value of narrative practice. Reading John Launer,
awakened by his purity of thought, falling under the spell of his idealism,
charged by his optimism, I feel myself in the presence of those giants of
vision and faithful representers of 'the other.' We all gather, with John as host, in the
clearing of a narrative path toward wholeness. If you care for the sick, read
this book." Professor Rita Charon, Director of the Narrative Medicine Programme at Columbia University, New York.
John Launer is a doctor, educator and award-winning writer. With a dual professional background in general practice and family therapy, as well a degree in English literature, John's interests range across the borders of health care, systems thinking, and the humanities. They include clinical supervision for the health professions, team development in the health service, and narrative medicine.
John was the originator, with Caroline Lindsey, of "Conversations Inviting Change" (CIC). This is a narrative-based model for interactional skills, used in encounters with patients, clients and families, as well as for individual and group supervision, mentoring, coaching, team facilitation and conflict resolution. John has given presentations and workshops on "CIC" in every region of the UK and in Europe, Israel, Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia. Visits in 2017 included Palestine and Sweden. Visits planned during 2018 include Italy and Denmark.
For a short podcast where John describes and demonstrates "CIC", click here.
To hear Professor Roger Kneebone interviewing John about his teaching, clinical work and writing, in the "Countercurrent" series, click here
To see John's presentation on "CIC" at a Masterclass in Sydney, click here
To watch John's address at the "white coat ceremony" at McGill Medical School in Montreal in 2016, click here
For further details of consultancy and training, click on the menu at the top left of the page.
Books and writing
A new edition of John's acclaimed textbook "Narrative-Based Practice in Health and Social Care: Conversations Inviting Change" has just been published (see cover image above). This is a core text of narrative practice applied to all
health and social care. Drawing on ideas from narrative studies and
family therapy, it provides a theoretical framework and practical skills
for dealing with individual consultations, family work, clinical
supervision and teamwork, offering a comprehensive narrative-based
approach to the whole range of work in in health and social care. You can order it direct from Routledge here or from Amazon here.
John's award-winning book "How Not to Be a Doctor: and other essays" is also due for reissue in June 2018 and can now be pre-ordered here. It
was originally published by the Royal Society of Medicine Press in 2008
and was named as a Book of the Year by the British Medical Association.
John has published a full length biography of the psychiatrist Sabina Spielrein: "Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein." You can purchase as a hardback in the UK edition, or as either a hardback or softback in the US edition.Its launch was marked at the Freud Museum in London, and at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. For more details, click on "Spielrein biography" at the top of this page.
John is an associate editor of the Postgraduate Medical Journal and writes a monthly column called "On reflection"on topics
related to reflective practice and medical humanities. He was a
columnist for Doctor and Hospital Doctor for over twenty years, and
contributed the Coda column to the international medical journal QJM for
seven years. Articles by him have appeared in the BMJ, British Journal
of General Practice, Journal of Family Therapy and other major
Further details of John's books and a list of key articles appear on the Publications page: click on the menu at top left.