• Building Partnerships in Responding to Vulnerable Children: A Rural African Community Context— Yvonne Sliep Quick View

    The question of how to respond to vulnerable children continues to confront us in Southern Africa today. This article documents a project in rural Malawi and describes some emerging principles to assist community workers who are seeking to respond to vulnerable children in poverty-stricken environments. A key focus involves the building of partnerships with all concerned.

  • Resisting burnout with justice-doing Quick View

    In this writing I critique the individualism and neutrality of burnout, and offer an approach for resisting burnout with collective sustainability that is shouldered-up by justice-doing. This requires an understanding of collective ethics, and the spiritual pain that we hold as community workers and therapists when we are forced to work against our ethics. I describe the role of justice-doing and solidarity in relation to our sustainability, and practices which can foster our sustainability collectively, including embracing Earth Democracy, co-creating collective ethics, contesting cynicism, attending to immeasurable outcomes, and giving-it-back practices. I connect staying fully alive in our work with therapeutic and possibly revolutionary love, and reflect on the powerful transformations our work offers us. I address the possibilities of connecting with the social divine and transforming the contexts of social injustice in which clients live and we work.

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    • In this writing I critique the individualism and neutrality of burnout, and offer an approach for resisting burnout with collective sustainability that is shouldered-up by justice-doing. This requires an understanding of collective ethics, and the spiritual pain that we hold as community workers and therapists when we are forced to work against our ethics. I describe the role of justice-doing…
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  • Bridging the worlds of therapy & activism: Intersections, tensions & affinities— Vikki Reynolds interviewed by Sekneh Hammoud-Beckett Quick View

    In this brief interview Sekneh & Vikki reflect on the precarious but possible connections of social justice activism and therapy, particularly narrative therapy. They offer the usefulness of a socially just orientation to therapeutic work in terms of the sustainability of therapists, and as a resistance to burnout. They take a position for therapists to act as activists to work for socially just structural change. They suggest embracing activist traditions of solidarity and building ‘solidarity teams’ to shoulder us up collectively to resist the structures of injustice that are rooted in capitalist and neo-liberal politics which are the context of people’s suffering and our work.

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