I (Bill) began years ago to explore the concept of mattering. It grew out of my work encouraging practitioners to view themselves as appreciative allies to the people they served. (Madsen, 2007a, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2018a; 2018b, Madsen and Gillespie, 2014). As I developed trainings with Beth Root, a frontline child protective worker at the time (Root & Madsen, 2013), and with Nina Tejs Jørring, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and family therapist in Scandinavia.