As I wrote The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution, I wondered whether I could include the voices and perspectives of others—not simply through quotations and citations which I employed extensively. I wanted more depth and detail. I wanted to include the perspectives, experiences and wisdom of others who think about and work with similar ideas and to do so in their own voices. These are people who have added immeasurably to our profession through practice experiences, writings, teaching and research.
I considered conducting interviews and producing transcripts in an appendix. This was a wonderful though impractical idea.
That led to the idea of producing a series of video conversations broadly oriented to ideas about reflective practice including, learning from experience, applying theory to shape action, and others. The conversations will focus on and emphasize their practices, teaching, writing and research.
After 40 years I ended active practice as a mediator. Now, I am engaged in writing, editing and mentoring.
My current project is Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic, an ebook published on Amazon. Along with my publishing partners, Peter Nicholson and Fiona McAuslan, and with the collaboration of nearly 80 professionals from 10 countries, we have produced a book of advice and tips for families stressed by the impact of the coronavirus.
Recently, I published The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution, the first publication in the Practitioners Guide Series, a joint venture of the Association for Conflict Resolution and Rowman & Littlefield, was published in 2019. Susanne Terry and I are series co-editors. In connection with the book, I lead monthly reflective practice groups via video conference, present webinars on reflective practice, and created a video series, In Their Voices. These extended conversations are broadly connected to the principles of reflective practice such as learning from experience, applying theory to practice, importance of research, value of mentoring. Videos in this series may be viewed on my website: www.thereflectivepractitioner.com/videoconversations and on YouTube.
Peter, Fiona and I are also developing a series of books for people who are considering or in the process of separation and divorce. That series, Divorce and Separation: A Practical Guide to Making Smart Decisions, supported by the exceptional work of local editors, now includes editions for 5 states, with versions for 10 more states in process—eventually we will get to every state in America.