Dr. Paul Leslie

Dr. Paul Leslie

Thursday, 11 November 2021 02:52

Probation Goals - Goal 6

Thursday, 11 November 2021 02:51

Probation Goals - Goal 5

Thursday, 11 November 2021 02:49

Probation Goals - Goal 4

Thursday, 11 November 2021 02:45

Probation Goals - Goal 3

Thursday, 11 November 2021 02:42

Probation Goals - Goal 1

  1. PD Requirements
    1. Complete at least 51 hours of PD sessions

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 00:41

Probation Goals - Goal 2

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 00:12

Probation Goals

Please follow the progress of my probation goals. The following document is an overview of my goals. It is an embedded document that allows me to update regularly.

For further information about my goals,please look here:

Saturday, 25 September 2021 05:42

Seeking Cwelelep

In some recent research, I wrote about the notion of Cwelelep which is an indigenous principle concerned with learning. Please see the following article:

Sanford, K., et al. (2012). "Indigenous Principles Decolonizing Teacher Education: What We Have Learned." In Education 18(2).

In the article, they comment that Cwelelep is (Sanford, et al, 2012, Lil’wat Principles):

"recognizing the need to sometimes be in a place of dissonance and uncertainty, so as to be open to new learning."

 I am very interested in seeking answers to how we can instill and inspire in our students the ability to recognize their need to seek cwelelep. In my current work as a faculty member using distance education tools to motivate and inspire my students, I am pursuing a community of inquiry approach to help inspire my students to feel free to challenge each other to be in a place of uncertainty. 

Hello - when I grade the first forum in this course, I often receive several emails. The following is a consolidated response to students:

First, I will just clarify that I use the grades to get students’ attention and to ‘encourage’ them to pay a just a bit more attention and to participate a bit more. Considering the several emails I have received this morning from you and others, it worked!

This can be considered an example of assessment for learning as opposed to assessment of learning. I consider this to be formative assessment and feedback as I am giving everyone several comments to explain my rationale behind the grade. The grade itself is merely a tool to get your attention.

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Cambridge Assessment for Learning

For more significant grading efforts, I am often very concerned to give advice and to offer to review work before it is submitted, and will return submitted work with an extended deadline if I feel that the student has misunderstood the expectations of the assignment.

In every case, I generally hope to see comments on several other students work – e.g., 4 or 5 or more. I find that when you comment on more of your peers’ work, they will then reciprocate and want to come and read your work.

I have also found that the best value for students is in responding to questions on their own post. This is why it is imperative to attract more people to your own post by commenting on their posts. If you get answers to your questions, that is great. However, I also encourage students to ask questions that will challenge the other students rather than questions that you actually want an answer to. You will learn more by focusing your attention on reviewing other people’s perspectives on your work (answering their questions) rather than your perspective on their work (reading their answers).

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 07:57

Taos Forum Call: Now I see a Person

Here are the details of another forum call I hosted on June 25th:


Dear Taos Associates,

You are invited to a Forum Call with Susan Swim and her colleagues from Now I See a Person.

Revisiting Process Ethics: Participating and Co-Creating Intimacy in Client-Therapist Relationships

June 25, at 12:00 - 1:30 PM US Eastern time


Paul Leslie will host this Forum Call with Dr. Susan Swim and her colleagues from Now I See a Person. You may also invite a guest to join you for this Forum Call, perhaps a colleague or student.

From Susan:

In 2001, I asked Ken, Harlene, Tom, Sally, Dan, Faith and Giselle to accompany me in writing on Process Ethics (Journal of Systemic Therapies 2001).

Now I See A Person Institute was created on these premises of “Ethically Generated Relationships”. Every conversation whether at the ranch or via zoom, due to the pandemic, celebrates honesty, genuine caring, seeing a person rather than a diagnosis, trust, humility, and humanness. Our “clients” see us as people as we do them. People come to be with us, a team of therapists, hopeless and suffering and we meet them in a space of genuine caring, pure listening, attempting to see, hear, understand, and be always client led.

In our previous forum calls we have sought to present and highlight these client voices in our evidence-based research. In this call we wish to share our voices, in the collective “we” which leads to what we now call "Extraordinarily Normal Lives".

Susan has also shared a number of references as pre-reading. Please take this opportunity to read through some of these in anticipation of the call.


  1. Journal of Systemic Therapies. Special Edition on Process Ethics Vol 20, No. 4 2001. (https://guilfordjournals.com/toc/jsyt/20/4 )
  2. Mad In America. Now I See A Person: A New Model for Breaking Free of Mental Health Labels.  https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/01/now-i-see-person-new-model-breaking-free-mental-health-labels/
  3. Swim, S. (2020). "Colleen’s Healing Journey." Metalogos Systemic Therapy Journal(38). (https://www.metalogos-systemic-therapy-journal.eu/en/current%20issue)
  4. Swim, S., et al. (2020). "Extraordinarily Normal: A Journey of Breaking Free from the Limits of Labels." Metalogos Systemic Therapy Journal(38). (https://www.metalogos-systemic-therapy-journal.eu/en/current%20issue )


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please keep that email as it contains your unique link to join the call. 



Paul Leslie, PhD


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Associate of the Taos Institute (https://www.taosinstitute.net/paul-leslie)

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