Children are often made out as vulnerable through a “discourse of innocence” (Meyers, 2007). A resulting obligation falls onto the shoulders of caregivers and professionals to do the important thinking and decision making for young people, at least until their apprenticeship as ‘adults in the making’ is finally over. Ethicist John Wall suggests that “[c]hildren perhaps more than any other group are prone to having their ‘saying’ capabilities overshadowed by what is ‘said’ by others about them. They are the most easily marginalized segment of society” (2006). With the use of video and transcript, this workshop will challenge such a marginalizing view and call young people forward as intentional agents capable of moral deliberation and decisive action.
LCSW, is director of Miracle Mile Community Practice, www.mmcpla.org, and on staff at Pepperdine University. He has worked with young people and their families for over 25 years, written about various aspects of narrative practice, and presented internationally. He is co-author, along with David Epston & Laurie Markham, of Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with Children’s Imaginative Know-How (WW Norton, publisher).