Who the Hell do you think you are? – Bill O’Hanlon Guest Blog

Some years ago I met Michael White, the now departed co-founder of Narrative Therapy. Soon after, his star rose rather quickly and he became a very well known teacher and writer. But all was not well in Australia, his home country. As Michael traveled around the world, his colleagues at home began to make snide remarks about him: Who the hell did he think he was? Better than everyone else? Anyone who stood above the crowd was likely to get cut down … An Australian friend of mine told me that this was a reflection of what they called there…

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No Therapist Left Behind – Bill O’Hanlon Guest Blog

Some years back, managed care swept through the therapy field. Most of my therapist colleagues were freaked out, scared or angry about this phenomenon. They tried to hold on to the old reality, but the new one swept over them. What surprised me was how much many of my colleagues, who worked daily to empower their clients and patients to stop being victims, acted like and sounded like victims themselves. …a new wave is sweeping over the culture and the therapy field. It is the Internet. Well, it seems to me the same thing is happening all over again. The…

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Seven Easy Ways to Get Ideas for Your Blog

Just last weekend I came across a news release: “Pope Benedict XVI has a new commandment for priests struggling to get their message across: Go forth and blog.” At first I was surprised, but then I thought: Why not? They have a message. And so do you. One of the most effective ways of influencing a community is by writing a regular, or even irregular blog. It’s easier and less time-consuming than you’d think. And it’s something that every practitioner should consider doing. I’d thought about writing one for years before getting started last year. What stopped me? Well, fear….

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