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 include Palestine and Sweden.
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
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.