The talking stick is used in many parts of the world to foster equal and fair communication. In parts of Africa, and among native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, the stick is often carved and decorated beautifully. Only the person holding the stick is allowed to speak, others are silent, and it is passed around the circle until all are heard. In particularly contentious discussions the stick may be passed around the circle several times.
The CHCW Talking Stick tradition was started years ago as a way to celebrate our graduating residents while also welcoming our incoming residents. The CWFM talking stick is a simple wooden fetoscope; lovely and traditional, it represents our care of families and of each other. Graduates share their wisdom and interns share their hopes, without interruption or dialogue.