Session 2

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Topic: Person & Community Centered Consultation: Positive Deviance and the Public Conversations Project



Processes and learning methods:


  • Review of positive deviance practices
  • The interface person and larger systems: Review of an example or discussion of a movie

  • Chasin, R., Herzig, M., Roth, S., Chasin, L., Becker, C., Stains Jr., R. R. (1996). From diatribe to dialogue on divisive public issues: Approaches drawn from family therapy. Mediation Quarterly, 13 (4), 323-344.
  • Dorsey, D. (2000). Positive Deviant. Fast Company. December, 41, p. 284.
  • Herzig, M. (2001). Moving from polarized polemic to constructive conversations. The Journal of Public Participation, July, 1-11.
  • Madsen, W. (2007). Collaborative therapy with multi-stressed families: From old problems to new futures. New York, NY: Guilford Press. - Chapter 5

    Suggested Readings:
  • Sternin, M., Sternin, & Marsh (1998), Designing a Community-Based Nutrition Program Using the Hearth Model and the Positive Deviance Approach - A Field Guide. Washington, DC: Save the Children.