Ypeople has pioneered the use of Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) services in Scotland. Our success in adopting a PIE-centred approach at Pathways in South Lanarkshire encouraged us to roll it out across all our services.
The latest development in our PIE model is the recent appointment of Specialist Counselling Psychologist, Dr Emily Pathe. The newly-created post is the result of a partnership between Ypeople and NHS Lanarkshire. We spoke to Emily to find out more about her plans for her role in the coming year.
“Ypeople has done some great work in pioneering the use of PIE in Scotland and I’m looking forward to building on what has already been done to embed it across the organisation.
“I’ll be based at Pathways two days a week with the remainder of my time being spent in my existing role at NHS Lanarkshire where I work with the Health & Homelessness team.
“One of the main elements of my role over the coming months will be to focus on reflective practice, looking at how we relate to the people we work with. At Pathways, I’ll be facilitating that approach, setting up reflective practice groups, supporting staff and being on site to chat through any of the challenges which people are having.
“I was drawn to this role as I have always had a particular interest in working with people who experience multiple exclusion as well as working together with the staff who support them. My doctoral research was in the area of trauma and homelessness.
“My own personal and professional values are also compatible with those of Ypeople, particularly the value of compassion.
People often confuse compassion with being ‘soft’, however it can take a lot of courage to be compassionate towards ourselves and others when things get challenging.
“Working with Ypeople is a really exciting opportunity for me, particularly getting the chance to put my interest in PIE and trauma-informed working into practice with an organisation which has done such groundbreaking work in this area.
“I have always been passionate about learning and, having worked as a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, I am also keen to explore opportunities for training and supporting staff development.
“I also really like the collaborative element of the role with the public sector and third sector coming together as partners to create the position.
“In addition to currently working on further developing reflective practice, I am involved with the Support Plan Review working group. I have also worked together with fantastic colleagues at the Calm and Intandem services to set up a placement for a trainee psychologist to work within their counselling services.”
We are delighted to have Emily join our team and we’re looking forward to her expertise strengthening the work that Ypeople do. Look out for more update on our PIE approach soon.