models & methods
The Map of Peace
Multi Dimensional Intervention (MDI) is a comprehensive change work model to facilitate second order change with all kinds of presenting issues, be they symptom or outcome defined.
The Picture Book Process is a beautiful and powerful method to engage an individual or group of individuals in their self development process. The method is simple, non linguistic, yet opens a large space to hold the individual's core life story, and the resource they need to embody the change in their life.
Outcome based drawing in psychotherapy. Art and talk therapies are many times used in ways which do not have a usefully defined present state and outcome state. This series of drawing based approaches to well formed outcomes is both assessment as well as intervention process. With gentle facilitation by the therapist or guide, this approach to defining the unresourceful or stuck state with its complementary outcome state. The variations include individual work, couple, family and small task group applications.
Relational Drawing is the gold standard for developing a meta context for the drawing partners. These may be therapist with a single client, or a couple, family or small task group. This is a theme based way of communicating with each other. It is similar but significantly different from both the Picture Book Process and Outcome based drawing applications discussed elsewhere.
In a therapeutic context, Relational Drawing is an easy, comfortable, yet powerful way to engage the whole person in a dialog on issues of significance to the partners engaged in the drawing process.
Regular practice with Relational Drawing allows the partners to learn a new set of criteria in which their behavior in the relationship is evaluated. The somatic process of change happens both explicitly with each themed drawing, and in their larger relational context where the skills developed through the Relational Drawing process are generalized to their relationship behavior, attitudes and values. These changes help to both sharpen the sense of their shared future, their shared vision, and their mission in creating that vision. This practice is deceptively simple yet opens much space deeper, wider and more effectively than linguistic approaches.
The Map of Peace was the explicit task of a group of professionals, students, and faculty in the social work, and counseling areas. The Map of Peace is a group creation coming from a workshop I facilitated on practicing skills for peace. The workshop took place on Novemenber 29, 2006 athe University of Nevada Reno campus. It was attended by about 30 people from agencies, UNR, and the community. The group met and practiced two different sets of skills relating to conflict resolution and practicing peace. The first was an exploration of individual boundaries in different contexts. One base of this was engaging in simple exercises from the Aikido martial art model. A second part of the boundaries exploration involved calibrating on the one hand, and experiencing the various degrees of boundedness an individual has in social contexts. The second skill set we practiced was an intervention process working with a symptom / outcome duality or complement. As a part of the learning at the completion of each practice portion each participant drew an expression of what they learned on a flip chart sized group drawing. These drawings could not include any linguistic references or visual elements, so nothing which lived on a key board.
After completing these the task at hand was for the group to create a Map of Peace, a visual non linguistic expression that others could use as a map to help resolve conflict in their important contexts. The drawing is presented here for you enjoyment. It is registered copyright, so please ask about reproduction.
Qualitative evaluation of programs, individuals, couples, and small groups using related methods.