Victoria (Vicki) Dickerson, PhD
A Conference Story: On a very warm summer afternoon in Adelaide, Australia, an audience gathers for a conference workshop. Vicki Dickerson’s co-presenter stands at the lectern and asks, “Has anyone seen Vicki Dickerson?” The audience looks around. Again, he asks, “Has anyone seen …?” We look around, a little puzzled. “Who you looking for?” calls a voice – casual, off-hand – from the back of the auditorium. The person comes forward, cap angled down over eyes, hands in pockets, a swaggering slouch – the stance of a young person who knows how to do cool.
Catching the audience unawares, the workshop was already under way. Vicki Dickerson, the cool dude with the cap, had indeed showed up, demonstrating – through voice tone, posture, cap, movement, gesture – a refined attunement to the lived experience of a young person, a client of family therapy. In that brief episode that opened the workshop, clinical and teaching skills came together,...
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