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Strategic Positioning: The Litigant and the Mandated Client
Strategic Positioning: The Litigant and the Mandated Client
Strategic Positioning: The Litigant and the Mandated Client
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Strategic Positioning: The Litigant and the Mandated Client

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Court allegations can be based on nothing but a perspective that criminalizes confusing behaviors. Professionals who work within the court and its related bodies often are trained to seek out, diagnose and ostracize those who cause
social upheaval by these "aberrant" behaviors. Given the power to assert and litigate these assumptions, the court and their related bodies often stifle the stories of those facing allegations of wrongdoing. In doing so,
our system effectively denies litigants a proper defense. Empowering attorneys by providing effective and strategic positioning in the telling of these stories can and often will create the foundation of an effective defense.

Release dateOct 26, 2012
Strategic Positioning: The Litigant and the Mandated Client
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Nanaymie Godfrey

I am a person centered practitioner. I do not fit people into programs that are delivered carbon copied from one person to another. The information that I deliver is tailor made for the person, couple or family unit that I assist. That makes me very effective. Because of the ability to assess people and situations quickly, I am often called to offer opinions in court related cases. I do not hesitate to assist my clients in this manner and think that more "professionals" should do the same. I truly believe that when power is used unjustly against my clients, mental health is NOT possible and addiction and behavioral problems are inevitable. I will not set my clients up for failure by refusing to stand by them and believe that until the court is interested in the WHY of people's behavior, there will continue to be injustice in our courtrooms and no remedy to the problems that bring clients there in the first place. In every circumstance that I have practiced within communities, I have found that it is ONLY through social interaction that we learn about ourselves and the world in which in which we live. Because of the political nature of the environment in which we find ourselves, where financial resources dictate the ways in which we are viewed and judged, many of us suffer under a scrutiny that ostracizes us from full participation. The many symptoms that result are reflective of the social chaos in which we are being socialized. Strategic positioning, a method that can bring hope for many, begins with refusing to accept the labels and diagnoses imposed that continue to limit our human potential! Personal responsibility must include a strict adherence to boundaries that limit the influence of a culture that insists on blaming the individuals in its midst for the pathology that our society has created!

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    Strategic Positioning - Nanaymie Godfrey


    Over the years I have observed people in situations who have chosen not to take a stand or voice an opinion. I have found these situations curious because in each case, the interaction happening between the speakers has been emotional.

    After the interaction, I have often observed trauma like symptoms in the participant who has chosen to remain silent. As a trauma specialist, I ask the question What could drive a person to victimize him/herself in everyday interactions? How could a society expect normality in its people when there appears to be an effort to enforce compliance to these rules of exchange between individuals and institutions?

    The definition and application of Position

    People are forced to change their perspective each time inclusion in a speech act is desired. The conversational details dictate how participation can be accessed. It is only through assuming positions made available by participants that one can contribute to the exchange of ideas. This ability allows them to fit within the exchange taking place, but simultaneously limits their perspective to what is in front of them. For that reason, the term position has changed to include sometimes subtle and not so subtle cues given to participants of conversations who are of differing class and status. People constantly adopt and defend their position and accept or confront the positions of others. It is through this [interaction] that people define who they are and those they are dealing with, the strong achieving positions of power (Boxer, 1999, p.1). These interactive rules provides those who comply with with these standards, certain rewards that ultimately create and maintain social order (Holloway, 1984, Harre & van Langenhove, 1991, Davies & Harre).

    Expectations in Social Interaction

    Compliance to social expectations is enforced early. Observations of children’s play have provided a view of the use of power on playgrounds. Within these interactions, compliance to popular peers ensures privileges of avoiding victimization through bullying with the added perks of attaining social and material benefits. The ability to be included with those associated with the in-group (or clique), one must accept and comply with the positions created within the conversations and interactions taking place there-in (Charlton & Bettencourt, 2001; De Oliveria & Dambrun, 2007).

    Cliques are circles of power wherein leaders attain and wield influence over their followers by cyclically building them up and cutting them down, first drawing them into the elite inner circle and allowing them to bask in

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