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SoL North America Community Café
Reflection on Practice:
Moving beyond Competence to Mastery

with Grady McGonagill and Steve Ober
April 4, 2014 8:30 AM - 
3:30 PM
DoubleTree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford, MA, United States


The SoL tradition of hosting Community Cafes will continue in 2014 and will start this year with a slightly modified, highly interactive session led by two seasoned practitioners and long-time members of the SoL community, Grady McGonagill and Steve Ober. For this unique opportunity they will integrate the learning that each has taken from their work with family therapist/consultant David Kantor, author of the recent book Reading the Room. Steve and Grady will offer an experiential introduction to the value of systematic reflection on practice through a "model building” approach.

This approach is based on the assumption that professionals who rely on intuition or only sporadic reflection on their work risk being limited by habitual assumptions and practices that may not be fully integrated or may even be internally inconsistent. Such professionals risk developing to a level of acceptable competence but not beyond.

How can a practitioner move beyond competence to achieve professional mastery? One path lies in building a model of your practice. Doing so involves rigorously identifying your vision for your work, your core practices, your theoretical assumptions, and awareness of how your own personal profile—and personal "story”— influence who you are and how you work. It also involves ongoing learning to keep your model fresh and alive.

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