Books & Chapters

In addition to my clinical practice and mental health consulting, I have published several books as a professional author and have contributed articles to various publications. My writings tend to be focused on the interconnected themes of personal development, creativity, mental health, and trauma. These are the areas of my professional work — but more than that, they are themes of infinite depth and scope. They reach out and connect to everything. As an author, I’m interested in the same things that I seek as a counsellor: a greater understanding of the unfolding story of every human — of humanity itself — and a deeper and more meaningful contribution to that endless interwoven narrative.

Grain of Truth

The Ancient Lessons of Craft

June 25, 2021, 1:44 p.m. • Ross Laird

Grain of Truth is a book about the creative process; its flavors and shades and peculiar demands. The narrative follows the meandering track of my creative process through the course of just ov...

A Stone's Throw

The Enduring Nature of Myth

June 25, 2021, 1:46 p.m. • Ross Laird

A Stone’s Throw begins as I hike with my father up a remote B.C. mountain in search of a mythic stone. I find it in an icy river, pack it home, and spend a year sculpting it in my shop. As I wo...

Museum Objects, Health & Healing

The Relationship Between Exhibitions and Wellness

June 25, 2021, 1:53 p.m. • Ross Laird

Stories are maps, repositories of collected wisdom, ciphers and guides for making sense of the human journey. Whether archaic, prosaic, or postmodern, stories render the paths undertaken by all t...

Object-Based Learning and Well-Being

Innovations in educational practice

June 27, 2021, 6:38 p.m. • Ross Laird

I contributed a chapter to Object-Based Learning and Well-Being , which is the first explicit analysis of the combined learning and well-being benefits of working with material culture and curat...