Here is a short clip of me talking about whether counselling or therapy can bring about real change in people’s lives. My experience is that it can.
Here is a short clip of me talking about self-help and counselling / therapy.
Here is a short clip of me talking about the question “What is the best type of counselling or therapy?”
Workshop at TA Through the Ages Conference, Edinburgh, November 2007
From the handout: “In narrative therapy people are invited to find new ways to tell their story… Through various techniques – such as ‘externalising the problem’ – the person is invited to discover alternative storylines that have been waiting in the shadows. The invitation is not just for different stories, but stories that open-up instead of limiting possibilities for action and for living.”
‘Grand_Designs‘ was an activity that I helped create for young people in 2007. We asked young people to come up with proposals for the design and operation of a supported accommodation unit. I was inspired by the young people’s creativity and focus on the day. The results are written up in this short briefing.
More on young people and homelessness can be found at www.homelessactionscotland.org.uk.
Workshop at TA World Conference, Edinburgh, July 2005
From the handout: “The message of skilful action is lost if we are inclined to become ‘psychological weight-lifters’ obsessing about achieving the most skilful outcome possible.”
A book review I wrote for the Times Literary Supplement in 2003. From the review: “Science seems to portray us as complex lumps of matter, whereas common-sense sees us as rational, free, and conscious agents. Can we reconcile these two pictures?”
This version includes the spelling error that the sub-editor and I both missed, but one TLS reader and letter writer did not. Can you spot it?
Daniel Dennett: Reconciling Science and Our Self-Conception(Polity Press, 2003)
A book I wrote about the contemporary American philosopher, Daniel Dennett.
‘Should Vegetarians Play Video Games?‘ from Philosophical Papers 29(1) 21-42 (2000)
From the paper: “[C]ertain kinds of sophisticated video agents … do seem to be the most extraordinary kind of creature, much stranger, surely, than any we might meet from Mars. But they are creatures nonetheless.”
Although this is a playful paper, I stand by my arguments.