Category Archives: Community

Turrell, Guggenheim, Wright, and Wrong.

My family and I love the unique art of James Turrell.  When I learned that the Guggenheim museum in Manhattan was participating in a national retrospective of Turrell’s work, and featuring a new site-specific transformational piece, I went online and … Continue reading

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Complexity and Substance Abuse Prevention: Are you SPF-y Enough?

In my two preceding posts, I began to explore and explain the truly complex nature of behavioral health, and the implications of a complex systems perspective on the applicability of Evidence-Based Practices.  In this post, I want to take a … Continue reading

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Complexity and Behavioral Health: Complex, not Complicated

In my previous post, I began to explore the limits of Evidence-Based Practice in behavioral health.  My thinking about this evolved during my tenure as SAMHSA’s Senior Advisor for Process Improvement.  My own background was not in behavioral health, but … Continue reading

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Complexity and Community School Psych – Workshop Notes

  COMPLEXITY NOTES FOR WORKSHOP WITH DOCTORAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL PSYCH STUDENTS …WHAT KINDS OF PROCESSES DO WE WANT TO IMPROVE? …HOW DO WE IMPROVE PROCESSES AND RESULTS? …WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN CHANGE OR IMPROVEMENT? —BRIEF STORY IF CHANGE … Continue reading

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The People Speak, the Leaders Listen

A few weeks ago I traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve as a facilitator at a unique event.  The Mayor had convened an event for citizens throughout the District to envision future policy and outcomes as part of his “One … Continue reading

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Up on the Ridge: A Journey Alone, Together

Over the past few days I had the pleasure of joining a small group of remarkable people.  The group included a South African living in Australia, an American living in London, a Hungarian also living near London, and several Americans. … Continue reading

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Resonance, Coupling, Complexity, and Community

From time to time I work as a guest leecturer to classes of doctoral students in psychology. These are primarily students in the field of community school psychology. More recently, I’ve worked with classes in the broader field of community … Continue reading

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