“It is time for us to move beyond confining parameters of what qualifies as knowledge. When we refuse to consider the value of knowledge that is rooted in the body, in the psyche, in paralogical experience, we fail to challenge colonialist, post-Renaissance, Euro-Western conceptions of reality. We need to move beyond the facile dichotomy of “essentialism” and “constructionism” to embrace other theoretical paradigms inclusive of embodied and in-spirited knowledge.”
Hello Friends! I will be doing the 3rd (and final) meditation workshop this Friday night for Coastline Community College Art Gallery. Learn to meditate in an art gallery! And It's Free! On Friday Nov. 14th from 7pm to 8pm Come learn to meditate in Coastline's beautiful new space. We will cover the benefits of a meditation practice, how to get started, resources and will finish with a period of silent meditation. Hope to see you there and please tell your stressed out friends!
Analouise Keating who is a big influence on the direction of my work has announced a new book series that she will edit. This new book series, focused on post-oppositional transformation: NEW VISIONS in Womanism, Feminism, & Indigeneity, will be accepting book-length manuscripts or book proposals. Looking forward to this series!
This past week I had the privilege of Presenting at the Diversity IN Leadership Conference held at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA. My presentation was titled Conflict Coaching in the Workplace: Shifting Culture Bound Conflict Through Narrative Mediation. The purpose of the conference was to provide an educational experience on the benefits of diversity and inclusion in leadership, while offering the latest tools for practical implementation. It was a great conference and I look forward to next year. Some pictures from my presentation follow:
With Dr. Helen Easterling Williams. Dean of Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education & Psychology.
A Sequential Analysis of Externalizing in NarrativeTherapy with Children:
Externalizing, or separating the person from his/her problem-saturated story, is a central approach in narrative therapy. Michael White, one of the therapy’s founders, lately revised his map of the externalizing process in therapy according to Vygotskian theory. In this study we sought to determine whether White’s proposed process was evident in therapy sessions. Sequential analysis indicated that therapists scaffolded children’sresponses according to White’s map, and therapists’ and children’s utterances tended toadvance across the levels of the map over the course of a session, indicating that White’s model of narrative therapy matched the therapy’s empirical process.