Most would agree that observation plays a crucial part of clinical work – particularly in the psychotherapies. But, what is it? What types of observation are there? Can one ever truly observe? In this lecture I will explore the notion of observation from several perspectives to point toward some of the difficulties and potentialities of observation. I will argue that observation is possible, albeit limited and that an observing mental state is central to psychotherapeutic work.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent