BLOG: Reflecting Surfaces

“Reflecting Surfaces” is a space where members of our community can reflect on and write about events in their lives, work, or the world from a narrative worldview. We hope this will be a place where respectful ruminations about narrative ideas, ethics, and practices are offered in the spirit of working to live congruently with what we say we stand for in relationships.

In the summer of 2017, my wife and I were preparing to move from Boston, Mass., to Austin, Texas. I had developed a relationship with Steve Gaddis as a mentor and teacher and was beginning to get to know other narrative-oriented social workers in the Boston area. I was...

February 18, 2018

Enough.

In my work as a teacher, I have the great privilege of meeting with people who make huge personal commitments to be the most skillful and respectful helpers possible. They invest preciously scarce time and money to honor their desire to develop their professiona...

October 24, 2017

For this month's blog post, I am sharing the welcome I gave at NTI's fall workshop on Friday, October 13th, titled "Re-membering Michael White: Saying Hullo Again."

Thank you for coming to our 8th annual fall workshop! We have three distinguished guests joining us this...

August 17, 2017

Whatever leadership identity I may occupy at the Narrative Therapy Initiative has me experiencing a responsibility to respond to the white supremacist-fueled events in Charlottesville. I also want to speak out personally. 

I was abused as a boy, physically. When my fath...

July 9, 2017

Happy 4th of July: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness, and the right to behave like a White Male A**hole. I am a...

May 31, 2017

I had the privilege to vacation in Italy earlier this month. In addition to the opportunity to indulge myself, I was struck by the ever-present history of the “greatest story ever told.” The stories in the Bible were represented, exploited, and worshiped everywhere I t...

April 11, 2017

Anger gets a bad wrap. Violence gets to mask itself whenever anger is named as a problem. I’ve been told I have an anger problem since I was 11 years old. I no longer believe anger is a problem. I do believe violence is a problem. As I write this, news of a chemical bo...

March 6, 2017

Maintaining the narrative perspective that problems have to do with people's relationships with stories is not always easy. I am finding it particularly challenging with the new Trump administration. I find myself pulled to storying these people as evil, bad, and sick....

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