This page gives details of books and key articles by John Launer. It also lists his series of articles for Work Based Learning in Primary Care, Primary Care Mental Health, QJM and Postgraduate Medical Journal (with links).
Books by John Launer
Narrative-Based Practice in Health and Social Care: Conversations Inviting Change. Order direct from Routledge here or via Amazon here.
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.
How Not to Be a Doctor, and Other Essays. Order here
How Not to Be a Doctor offers a selection of John Launer's essays from QJM and the Postgraduate Medical Journal . The essays cover a wide range of topics including medical humanities, literature, politics, psychoanalysis, teaching, and the importance of keeping medicine human. Originally published by Royal Society of Medicine Press, it was named as a Book of the Year by the British Medical Association. .
The Inflatable Cushion, And Other Stories: Real Life Reflections from General Practice. Order here. To mark the 40th anniversary in 2020 of his first appearance as a medical columnist, John has published a selection of essays reflecting on his work as a GP, The book includes tales from everyday practice, as well as humour and political comment. John is donating all profits from the book to support. food banks in the United Kingdom.
Sex versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein
Dr Sabina Spielrein was a Russian psychoanalyst who lived from 1885 to 1942. She is mainly famous on account of her affair with Carl Jung, and for her role in the rift between Jung and Sigmund Freud. However, Spielrein was an original thinker in her own right. She proposed a theory of human sexuality based on the idea that human beings are torn between sexual desire and the drive to survive as individuals. Her ideas anticipated many of the themes of modern evolutionary psychology and child development. This book tells the story of Spielrein's life, together with a presentation of her ideas. For further information, click on the UK or US edition above. For further details including reviews, click on "Spielrein biography" on the top left side of this page.
This book examines the whole range of uncertainty in primary care, from the technical to the existential. It makes the case for collaborative peer group supervision as a way of engaging with clinical uncertainty through dialogue and mutual learning. Chapters cover the Balint movement, Practice Inquiry, Narrative-Based Supervision, Problem-Based Small Group Learning, and other models of peer group work from different countries. There is a foreword by Renee Fox, and other distinguished contributors include Trish Greenhalgh, Colin Coles, Charlotte Tulinius and Henry Jablonski. For further information, or to order, click the title above.
Based on a series of conferences on supervision in primary care, run by the Tavistock Clinic and the London Deanery, this book provides practical information and guidance on the nature and purpose of supervision in a primary care setting. For further information or to order direct from the publisher, click the title above
This book has been written by practising psychotherapists, all connected with the Tavistock Clinic, and with a wide range of experience of working in primary care. It examines how therapists, GPs and other primary care professionals can all learn from each other through clinical collaboration. For further information or to order direct from the publisher, click the title above.
Articles and chapters by John Launer
A full chronological list appears on the CV web page. For convenience, articles are also listed here under:
1. Key articles
2. Book chapters
3. Series of articles on reflective practice and clinical supervision in Workbased Learning in Primary Care
4. Series of articles on a narrative approach to mental health in Primary Care Mental Health
5. 'Coda' series from QJM (including links to individual articles)
6. 'On Reflection' series from Postgraduate Medical Journal (including links to individual articles).
7. Links to journals including British Journal of General Practice, Journal of Family Therapy, Primary Care Mental Health and Workbased Learning in Primary Care.
1. Key articles:
Launer J. A social constructionist approach to family medicine. Family Systems Medicine 1996; 13: 379-389.
Launer J. 'You're the doctor, Doctor!': is social constructionism a helpful stance in general practice consultations? Journal of Family Therapy 1996; 18: 255-267.
Launer, J. and Lindsey, C. Training for systemic general practice: a new approach from the Tavistock Clinic. British Journal of General Practice 1997: 47:543-456.
Launer, J. A narrative approach to mental health in general practice. British Medical Journal 1999; 318: 117-119.
Launer, J. Whatever happened to biology? Reconnecting family therapy with its evolutionary origins. Journal of Family Therapy 2001; 23: 155-70
Launer J. Narrative based medicine: a passing fad or a giant leap for general practice? British Journal of General Practice 2003;53:91-92.
Launer J. Practice, supervision, consultancy and appraisal, a continuum of learning. British Journal of General Practice 2003;53: 658-62
Launer J. Inattention to primary care: a form of institutional discrimination? Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2004; 9: 613-616
Launer J. New Stories for Old: Narrative-based primary care in the United Kingdom. Families, Systems and Health 2006; 24: 336-344
Launer J. Moving on from Balint: Embracing clinical supervision. British Journal of General Practice 2007;57: 182-183.
Ahluwalia S and Launer J. Training for complexity and professional judgement: Beyond communication skills plus evidence. Education for Primary Care 2012; 23: 317-319.
Launer J. Managing Bullying, Harassment and Undermining:A Guide to Good Practice in Postgraduate Medical Education in London. Faculty Development, Health Education England, London, 2013.
Ahluwalia S and Launer J.Complexity and uncertainty in health care. Education for Primary Care 2014; 25: 181-183
Gill D, Griffin A and Launer J. Fostering professionalism in the workplace: the role of workplace discussion groups. PMJ 2014; 90: 56-70.
Launer J. Sex and sexuality: an evolutionary view. Psychoanalytic Inquiry 2014; 34: 831-846 http://goo.gl/ykVXNJ
Launer J. Carl Jung's relationship with Sabina Spielrein: a reassessment. International Journal of Jungian Studies 2015; 7: 179-193 http://goo.gl/0hKsGf
Swanepoel A, Sieff DS, Music G, Launer J, Reiss M, Wren B. How evolution can help us understand child development and behaviour. BJPsych Advances 2016; 22: 36-43.
Swanepoel A, Music G, Launer J, Reiss M. How evolutionary thinking can help us to understand ADHD. BJPsych Advances 2017; 23: 410-418.
Wren B, Launer J, Reiss M, Swanepoel A, Music G. Can evolutionary thinking shed light on gender diversity? BJPsych Advances 2019; 25: 1-12.
Shah R, Launer J. Escaping the scarcity loop. Lancet 2019; 394: 112-3
Shah R, Clarke R, Ahluwalia S, Launer J.Finding meaning in the consultation: introducing the hermeneutic window. BJGP 2020; 70: 502-3
2. Book Chapters
Launer, J. Narrative in mental health in primary care. Chapter 10 in: Greenhalgh, T. and Hurwitz, B. (eds.) Narrative based medicine. London: BMA, 1998.
Launer, J. Working with different models: adapting to the context. Chapter 9 in: Lees, J. (ed.) Clinical counselling in primary care. London: Routledge, 1999.
Launer, J. The practice as an organisation. Chapter 9 in: Elder, A. and Holmes, J. (Eds.) Mental health in primary care: a new approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002
Launer J . Narratives in primary care. In: A Vetere and E Dowling (eds.) Narrative Approaches to Therapy with Children and Families. London: Brunner Routledge, 2005
Launer J. Postmodernising medical careers: assessment in an age of uncertainty. In N Jackson, A Jamieson and A Khan (eds.) Assessment in Medical Education and Training: a practical guide. Oxford: Radcliffe, 2006.
Launer J. Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching. In: T. Swanwick (ed.), Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition. London, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
Ahluwalia S, Launer J. Developing professionalism through general practice training. In: S. Ahluwalia and A. Tavolbie (eds.) General Practice Specialty Training: Making it happen, 2nd edition. Royal College of General Practitioners, 2016.
Launer J. Historical introduction,. In: Cape R, Burt R. (eds. The Essential Writings of Sabina Spielrein, Pioneer of Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge, 2018.
Launer J. Supervision, mentoring and coaching, In: T. Swanwick T, K. Forrest K, and B. O'Brien. Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice. 3rd edition. Edinburgh:Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.
Launer J. Narrative ethics in primary care. In: A. Papanikitas A and J. Spicer. Handbook of Primary Care Ethics. Abingdon: CRC Press, 2018.
3. Series in Workbased Learning in Primary Care
Launer J. Reflective practice. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2003; 1: 55-57.
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: to delve or not to delve. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2003;1: 147-9
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: finding meaning in medicine. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2004;2: 72-4
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervisionRedefining supervision Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2004; 2: 160-2
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: developing supervision skills. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2004;2: 264-6
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervisionTraining educators in clinical supervision. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2004; 2: 366-9
Launer J.Reflective practice and clinical supervision: Short workshops for GP educators. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2004; 3:58-60
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: Demonstrating clinical supervision to GP educators. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2005;3:158-60
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervisionTeaching supervision in small groups. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2005;3: 263-6
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: supervision, knowledge and performance. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2005;3: 355-7
Launer J and Halpern H. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: an approach to promoting clinical supervision among general practitioners. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2006; 4:69-72.
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: emotion and interpretation in supervision. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2006; 4:171-3.
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: making sense of supervision,mentoring and coaching. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2006; 4: 268-270.
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: neutrality and honesty. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2006; 4:384-386
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: teaching supervision skills to GP appraisers. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2007; 5 : 51-54.
Launer J. Reflective practice and clinical supervision: good practice in GP appraisals. Workbased Learning in Primary Care 2007; 5: 115-118.
4. Series in Primary Care Mental Health
Launer J. Introducing narrative thinking. Primary Care Mental Health 2003; 1: 63-4
Launer J. Taking a narrative stance in the consultation. Primary Care Mental Health 2003; 1: 111- 112.
Launer J. New narratives for old: the art of asking questions Primary Care Mental Health 2004;2: 67-8
Launer J. The narrative consultation in action. Primary Care Mental Health 2004; 2: 123-124.
Launer J. A narrative-based approach to depression. Primary Care Mental Health 2004; 2: 175-6
Launer J. Tracking stories and challenging them. Primary Care Mental Health 2005;3: 67-68.
Launer J. Uncertainty and not knowing: making space for multiple stories. Primary Care Mental Health 2005;3: 155-156