Mike Maher has twenty five years' experience working in and with the public, voluntary and private sectors, particularly in high-risk and volatile settings, first as a senior manager and now as a consultant. His focus is in helping teams and services survive, develop and transform, using a systems-oriented perspective to work with groups and individuals to have more effective communications with colleagues and clients and via this process, to achieve better outcomes.
Mike is a psychotherapist and trainer as well as an organisational consultant. Before he worked in these roles, he worked for many years in social care, educational and mental health settings with client groups characterised by their challenging natures. He has subsequently consulted to similar settings in the NHS, in local authorities and in the private sector. He has written papers and book chapters on working with staff groups, organisational issues in mental health reform, managing self-harm behaviours and other subjects, and has presented at many national and international conferences. He is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and is a member of the Institute of Group Analysis (London). He is also a member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute (USA).