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Three and a Half Minutes of Serendipity

Rich Simon

By Rich Simon If you’re like a lot of psychotherapists today, face-to-face professional gatherings may not be your cup of tea. After all, why bother with the hassle of travel, reshuffling your appointment book, and all the other petty inconveniences of conference-going, when you can stay home seated in your comfy chair in front of your trusty PC and get all the CEs you need?

What sets the Networker Symposium apart as a unique gathering is its ability to offer up its share of “you-had-to-be-there” moments that live on in memory long after the conference is over. These moments are sometimes deeply poetic or philosophical, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilariously funny. They not only draw us together and remind us of who we are and why we are therapists, but they also make us feel somehow more fully human, and more grateful for the privilege of being alive and with each other.

But you don’t need to take our word for what makes these experiences special. Over the next few weeks as we move toward this spring’s meeting, The Therapist’s Craft: Healing Connection in a Digital World, we’ll be bringing you some video snapshots, so to speak, of such incandescent moments—not very long, but rich enough to give you a feeling for these times of what we might call “Symposium serendipity.”

Several years ago, one such occasion was an extraordinary keynote address by Ken Hardy, one of the field’s most passionate advocates for more attention to issues of race, ethnicity, and poverty. Within a few short minutes, Ken managed to play us all like a Stradivarius violin, taking us from comic hilarity to a deep pathos in one of the most stunning presentations we’ve ever seen.  Watch the clip below.  We hope you enjoy it.

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7 Responses to Three and a Half Minutes of Serendipity

  1. Tears in my eyes — just as in times past when other forgotten ones touched us so deeply — and whose stirring words remain so pointed that we can hear them still when we stop and ponder.

  2. Evie Bodling says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s just what I needed today!! The last several months have been incredibly difficult for me, and I am not yet at a time in my life/career that I can go to one of these symposiums. I have always (at least 10 years) wanted to go, and will continue to search for a way to attend ONE – at least, in my lifetime. I am sincerely your comrade in this profession, and at times, you are my only sane connection to a world otherwise gone mad.

  3. James B says:

    He is incredible. I want to hear the rest!

  4. William Utz says:

    Transparency, wisdom, passion and humor–Ken Hardy has it all. I heard him at an AMFT conference years ago and found his talk super helpful. He inspires and instructs at the same time.

  5. Lesley Tran says:

    Very moving and so true.Sometimes out theorizing loses sight of the faceless, voiceless ones, of whom, I once was. Tears in my eyes too. What we do is so precious when it is done from the heart, with the love of God as our primary guide and motivation. Thank you.

  6. would have loved to have been there!

  7. Donna says:

    Wow… Are we going to get to see the rest after the symposium?

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