Procedures for Manualising systemic practice illustrated by the Leeds Systemic Therapy Manual

Helen Pote, Peter Stratton

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We start this article by considering the broad issue of whether and why we should manualise systemic practice. Lessons learned in creating the new Handbook of Systemic Approaches to Psychotherapy Manuals: Integrating Research, Practice, Training, are summarised. One major example is the criteria that a report of practice would need to meet to be called a manual. We then proceed to an account of the Leeds Systemic Family Therapy Manual and describe the rigorous research-based processes by which it was developed. An important part of the Leeds manual is its Adherence Manual by which sessions can be assessed for their degree of fulfilling the described aspects of practice. We report on different aspects of the impact of the manual including international experiences from the Spanish translation in Chile to evaluations of the original version in Finland and Australia. Potential developments from advances in systemic practice and research techniques since the manual was first written are considered and finally a review of how well the Leeds Manual answers six common concerns about manualisation is given.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFokus Pa Famiiien
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Feb 2022

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