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Consultation to Inform and Refine Therapists’ Awareness, Perceptions and Skills

I’ve just completed presentations on consultation for therapists at the annual conferences of three professional associations:  The National Association of Social Workers- Illinois Chapter, the Illinois Psychological Association, and the Illinois Counseling Association.  Each presentation was organized around a lecture/slide show about consultation, and included a live demonstration in which I provided consultation to a volunteer therapist consultee.  Each presentation also had its own emphasis:  more information about consultation, and psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral concepts, for the NASW-IL; less focus on … Continue reading

Having Difficult Conversations More Effectively

This is an edited summary of my blog post of May 31, 2013, in response to inquiries about how to have difficult conversations more effectively. Communication fads come and go, but difficult conversations are here to stay, so information that helps us to have them more productively is welcome. The books, “Difficult Conversations,” and “Crucial Conversations” describe a number of ideas, attitudes and skills to help. Most of the concepts I’ll mention come from “Difficult Conversations.” “Crucial Conversations” looks at … Continue reading

“Projection” Before Freud

Freud and his followers thought that they had discovered the human tendency to project one’s own assumptions and preoccupations onto others.  When this happens in therapy, it’s called “transference” (patient projects onto therapist) or “countertransference” (therapist projects onto patient).  However, this tendency has been well known, in at least some circles, since ancient times. Idries Shah gives a tale illustrating this in his “Special Illumination: The Sufi Use of Humour.” One day a scholar ran into a gang of bandits … Continue reading

Brene Brown in Evanston

I went to Brene Brown’s appearance in Evanston last week, wrote down some of her comments, and had a thought about them.  The remarks I wrote included: •”Speak truth to bullshit.  Be civil.  Refute bullshit with generosity, curiosity, civility.” •We need to move from “dehumanizing” others to “rehumanizing” others. •We should move from “conflict resolution” to “conflict transformation” (quoting a teacher at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University). •She spoke about someone having “a ministry of presence.” •She advises having … Continue reading

The Teacher as Curricular Expert

This is my 1989 article on teaching, from the Journal of Professional Studies, spring, 1989.  I’d modify it some, after 27 years, but I think it holds up pretty well. Teacher As Curricular Expert