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Johan Van de Putte

“We witness resistance, not because it stops the abuses of power, but because attending to resistance amplifies the person’s sense of autonomy and their attempts to keep a grasp on their dignity. As practitioners, we serve as witnesses to the person’s resistance despite the success or failure of the struggle.”

Location:

Ghent, Belgium

Professional title:

Psychologist, practicing and teaching helping conversations

What do you do?

I try to have helping conversations with people. And I share the ideas and practices that are dear to me with colleagues.

Why?

I have a commitment to contribute to the sense of dignity in people who go through tough times, and to their sense of personal agency.

What should we read?

Michael White (2004). Narrative practice and exotic lives: Resurrecting diversity in everyday life. Adelaide: Dulwich Centre Publications.

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