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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's current roles include lead for educational innovation in primary care for Health Education England in London. His other posts include honorary senior lecturer in primary care at University College London, honorary lifetime consultant at the Tavistock Clinic, faculty member at ISTUD business school in Milan and honorary president of the Association of Narrative Practice in Healthcare

Teaching and consultancy

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 include Palestine and Sweden.

For a short podcast where John describes and demonstrates "CIC", 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

John's acclaimed textbook "Narrative-Based Primary Care: a practical guide"  was originally launched in 2003. An updated and extended edition will be published by Routledge early in 2018, entitled "Narrative-Based Practice in Health and Social Care: Conversations Inviting Change."  You can pre-order it here.

John's award-winning book "How Not to Be a Doctor: and other essays" is also due for reissue in April 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 journals. 

John's has also edited  the following books:

Clinical Uncertainty in Primary Care: The Challenge of Collaborative Engagement' (with Lucia Sommers)

Supervision and Support in Primary Care (with Jonathan Burton)

Reflecting on Reality: Psychotherapists at Work in Primary Care ( with Dilys Daws and Sue Blake)

John's latest academic papers include:

"Carl Jung's relationship with Sabina Spielrein: a reassessment" in the International Journal of Jungian Studies.

"Sex and sexuality: an evolutionary view'"in the US journal 'Psychoanalytic Inquiry'.

"How evolution can help us understand child development and behaviour" in the British Journal of Psychiatry Advances.

"How evolutionary thinking can help us understand ADHD" in the British Journal of Psychiatry Advances

Further details of John's books and a list of key articles appear on the Publications page: click on the menu at top left.