Hugh Palmer

Pocklington, UK

Hugh Palmer is a systemic practitioner and writer influenced by social constructionist, dialogic and more recent posthuman theories and practices.

He originally trained as a nurse, and after several years of clinical practice, he spent much of his career working in Higher Education until he returned to work in the NHS as a family therapist in outpatient and inpatient health settings. He also spent several years working with Relate, developing online training for them and tutoring Relationship Counsellors.

Now working independently, much of Hugh’s recent clinical work has been with a local authority, with families who have adopted children and supporting foster parents and staff who work with looked after children. He has particular interests in trauma, bereavement and the therapeutic relationship.

Hugh is interested in Gregory Bateson’s work, leading him to write several papers focused upon the continuing relevance of Bateson’s thinking, culminating in undertaking a PhD by publication based upon some of these publications. More recently, he has become involved in thinking about ecology and how all of us can take a greater responsibility in caring for the environment that we are part of ourselves.