"I am an artist. It's self-evident that what that word implies is looking for something all the time without ever finding it in full. It is the opposite of saying, "I know all about it. I've already found it." As far as I'm concerned, the word means, "I am looking. I am hunting for it, I am deeply involved." - Vincent van Gogh
Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember but the story.
Quick post because I'm beat, but AFTA day #3 was a winner. The day started off with the Pearls of Wisdom panel facilitated by Amy Tuttle which featured accomplished academicians and clinicians Harry Aponte and Don-David Lusterman. It was great to hear from these stalwarts of family therapy and to benefit from the many wisdom's they shared. The day ended with a few of us catching the Orioles vs Reds baseball game at the legendary Camden Yards. It was a great night for baseball with friends. Here's some pics:
Well I survived day #2 of the AFTA conference being held in Baltimore. Today Dr. Amy Tuttle, Justine White and myself had the opportunity to participate in a brief presentation on the topic of Empowering Marginalized Communities: Family Therapists Impacting Communities. Our piece examined the Social Justice Collaborative and it's aim to initiate student involvement in activities that promote social responsibility and action in diverse, underserved communities. It was nice just to share my personal experience of being transformed through participation in the SJC and more importantly by the influence of Dr. Amy Tuttle. The rest of the panel did a great job including stand-out Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Programs at the Southern California Counseling Center. Below are some photos from today's events:
Hello everybody. I'm currently in Baltimore attending the American Family Therapy Academy conference. This is my third AFTA conference and they are always a great learning experience. This year I also have the pleasure of presenting with Justine White and Dr. Amy Tuttle. We are basically going to tackle organizing social justice efforts in a university setting. We are going to draw on our experience with Pepperdine University's Social Justice Collaborative, which we are all still involved, and talk about our experiences getting SJC off the ground and the pitfalls that can occur. I will be posting pics and stuff over the next several days so please come back often.
After the conference is over Michele and I are going to head to D.C. then Paris. More on that later.
First, you need to remember that plainly expressed language is out of the question. It is too realist, modernist and obvious. Postmodern language requires that one uses play, parody and indeterminacy as critical techniques to point this out. Often this is quite a difficult requirement, so obscurity is a well-acknowledged substitute. For example, let’s imagine you want to say something like, “We should listen to the views of people outside of Western society in order to learn about the cultural biases that affect us”. This is honest but dull. Take the word “views”. Postmodernspeak would change that to “voices”, or better, “vocalities”, or even better, “multivocalities”. Add an adjective like “intertextual”, and you’re covered. “People outside” is also too plain. How about “postcolonial others”? To speak postmodern properly one must master a bevy of biases besides the familiar racism, sexism, ageism, etc. For example, phallogocentricism (male-centredness combined with rationalistic forms of binary logic). Finally “affect us” sounds like plaid pajamas. Use more obscure verbs and phrases, like “mediate our identities”. So, the final statement should say, “We should listen to the intertextual, multivocalities of postcolonial others outside of Western culture in order to learn about the phallogocentric biases that mediate our identities”. Now you’re talking postmodern!
If you get a moment I highly recommend reading Sun Magazine's interview of Gail Hornstein. In the article Hornstein takes on labeling, questioning whether labeling benefits those being labeled. She also describes her position where she rejects the idea that psychiatric patients, however severe their symptoms, have a physical disease. Hornstein also has been instrumental in starting Hearing Voices Network (HVN) support groups in the U.S. The HVN is an international organization where empathy and non-hierarchical interactions supplant diagnostic labels and the traditional doctor-patient relationship. Hornstein also believes that real life experience can serve as medical evidence.
'Down under', contains previously published work from different periods of David Epston's writing career. As always, each chapter reflects David's creativity, and at times those of his co-writers. Part two, 'Up over', contains six examples of David Epston's current work, all of which are printed here for the first time, including inventive approaches to chronic bed-wetting, relationships between children and their estranged fathers, court reports, stealing, and sibling conflicts, as well as a long chapter on Anti-Anorexia, a subject close to David Epston's heart.
It seems there's been some confusion around the post where I stated that "I Don't Blog Anymore."
I've been talking with a few friends how I'm not comfortable getting personal on this blog anymore because of who reads it. This includes clients, employers, peers, the anonymous, etc. There was talk about me starting another blog, which I briefly considered, but I decided that my energies could be better spent doing some writing that I really care about. This new writing effort will include my poetry, the OC Metro gig, narrative practice stuff, and sooner or later a book.
So yes, I (me, Chris Hoff) don't blog anymore. I hope you will continue to come back for all the musings, opinion, the waxing philosophical, and some songs that have nothing to do with anything.
I'm excited to report that I will be hosting/facilitating my first poetry reading as part of the Huntington Beach Art Center's Late til 8 series this summer. The event is going to happen on August 11th starting at 6pm. I'm especially excited to report that two outstanding local poets, Allison Benis White and Collier Nogues, will be reading. Please mark your calendars, and spread the word. Now for a little introduction of the poets:
Allison Benis White is the author of Self-Portrait with Crayon, winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, and Ploughshares, and her honors include the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, Prairie Schooner’s Bernice Slote Award, and a Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. Her current manuscript, “Small Porcelain Head,” received the James D. Phelan Award for a work-in-progress from the San Francisco Foundation, and was recently a finalist for the PSA’s Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award. She teaches at the University of California, Irvine. For more information, please visit www.allisonbeniswhite.com.
Collier Nogues's first book of poems, On the Other Side, Blue, was published this spring by Four Way Books. She has been a MacDowell Fellow and a Ucross Foundation Resident, and was recently the Fishtrap Writer-in-Residence for two years in Enterprise, Oregon. Her poems were a special feature of the Spring 2010 issue of Pleiades, and other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, Blackbird, and The Pinch, among other journals. She's a graduate of UC Irvine's MFA Program in Poetry, and now teaches in UCI's Composition Department. She lives in Long Beach with her husband.