A vegan and an avid animal rights activist, Billie decided to use her platform to make a difference on behalf of a cause that is important to her. The design house agreed to drop all future fur sales going forward.
I was reading this NY Times article and I was struck by the response of the current CEO of Oscar de la Renta, Alex Bolen, who had this to say about his decision:
“I thought a lot about what Oscar said — he was a big fan of fur, by the way — that the one thing he really worried about in the fashion business was his eye getting old.”
Bolen went on to say that this reminded him to listen to what young people have to say. He said, “I have to surround myself with people with different points of view.”
Applying this mentality to our work as therapists, I think it’s interesting to consider what a supervisor might learn from their supervisees, rather than just the other way around. Or, what a young client might be able to teach their therapist.
I graduated with my Master’s degree in 2008. That’s 13 years ago now, and I’m pretty confident there has been new research and discoveries in our field since then.
Those who are in grad school today, and those who have recently graduated, actually have some of the most recent information about mental health care. I wonder what they could teach us?
Supervisors, in order to provide the best possible care to clients and supervisees, we can’t let our eyes get old. We must remain open to learning, growing, and evolving our perspectives.
I have zero desire to download TikTok. I’m unwilling to buy my niece the crop top she wants. And I have to google most text acronyms outside of OMG and LOL.
But, if I want to stay relevant, it’s important that I invest time in understanding the world around me — and learning from the young activists and leaders who are creating our future.
Here are a few of the ways I’m going to ensure my eyes stay young:
- Asking the young people in my life to tell me about the causes that are important to them.
- Paying attention to young activists – like Greta Thunberg, Marley Diaz, Desmond Napoles, Kenidra Woods, and Blair Imani.
- Ensuring the books I read, podcasts I listen to, and trainings I attend amplify a variety of voices and perspectives.
How about you? How do you listen to and learn from younger voices? If you have anything you’d like to share – I’d love to hear it.
Rachel McCrickard, LMFT