Change the Story, Change Your Life: Online talk via Worldwide Insight

Change the Story, Change Your Life: Online talk via Worldwide Insight

In June 2017, I had the chance to offer up an online teaching for Worldwide Insight , on the connections between narrative therapy and Buddhism, and how these two traditions / approaches might assist us in transforming the stories that guide our lives.  If you missed the live version, here’s the recording.

Rites of Passage: Out of the Therapy Room and into the World

Rites of Passage: Out of the Therapy Room and into the World

In 1909, French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep coined the term “rites of passage.” He was observing that many traditional cultures have celebrations / ceremonies to mark a life transition from one identity to another.

Becoming An Insider: Narrative Therapy Groups Alongside People Overcoming Homelessness

Becoming An Insider: Narrative Therapy Groups Alongside People Overcoming Homelessness

My colleague Barbara Baumgartner and I just published an article, reflecting on our time co-facilitating a weekly group with folks in the process of coming out of homelessness.

Mindfulness Meditation for Clinicians and Educators

Excited to have been invited to guest teach with my friend Michael Stone, for his Mindfulness Meditation for Clinicians and Educators program in Kelowna, BC. Giving attention may be the most potent skill a clinician or educator can offer. This training provides a dual opportunity to establish a meditation practice for personal well-being and resilience, […]

Upcoming Prenatal Meditation workshop as fundraiser for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

After receiving excellent care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BC Women’s Hospital in May of 2014, I feel called to offer up this prenatal meditation workshop as a fundraiser to support the good work they do.  Feb 22nd 2015, please see https://briandeanwilliams.com/event-info/12818409207/ for more details. with Gratitude: Brian

Refuge Recovery group starting in Vancouver

I, along with others interested in Buddhism and recovery from addiction, are co-creating Vancouver’s first Refuge Recovery group.  This is a model of recovery developed by my teacher Noah Levine and outlined in his recent book. I have volunteered to facilitate this group for the first six months, and we’ll see where it goes from […]

Out of Step: Substance Use Recovery outside the 12 Steps

I practice sobriety. And I haven’t done any of the 12 Steps. Let me be clear: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12 Step programs have helped thousands (millions?) of people to come into sobriety. Some of these people include mentors of mine, close friends, and teachers. Many of my clients have benefitted from this […]

Returning to the Breath, Returning to the Blog

Returning to the Breath, Returning to the Blog

It’s been awhile. When I set up my website as a blog, I actually had the intention of keeping the content current and fresh.  I haven’t been able to do that.  There are many reasons for this, including being the father of a new baby, a very active toddler, and a boy coming into his […]

First published article

Hi all, Happy to announce that I’ve managed to publish by first-ever peer-reviewed journal article, with my colleague Barbara Baumgartner: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: NARRATIVE PRACTICES IN SUPPORT OF FRONTLINE COMMUNITY WORK  WITH HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL HEALTH, AND SUBSTANCE USE We wrote this with the intention of offering a free downloadable article that might […]

Practicing with my teacher, who is two years old

Practicing with my teacher, who is two years old This is my second blog entry for Sharon Salzberg’s 28-day meditation challenge, enjoy!