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MQ Sep/Oct 2012

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The Craft of Conversation

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Therapy as Craft

Healing Clients One Brick at a Time

By William Doherty • In this era of medical necessity and evidence-based therapies, it’s easy to lose sight of a basic truth. We heal not through prescriptions and procedures, but through talking and listening.

 

How Conversation Sparks Therapeutic Change

The Search for the Unspoken Self

By Ron Taffel • When we trust ourselves to follow the signals of life that the patient emits in seemingly casual conversation, we increase our chances of stepping outside the confines of our theoretical models to enjoy an unexpected encounter.

 

Therapy for Teens

Mistakes Therapists Should Avoid

By Janet Sasson Edgette • Most teens loathe the very idea of therapy. Yet, with confused and troubled adolescents needing our help more than ever, the gap between our grad-school training and what works in real-life practice continues to widen.

 

Global Warming and Visions of a Sustainable Planet

Expanding Our Moral Imagination

By Mary Pipher • We live in a culture of denial, especially about the grim reality of climate change. Sure, we want to savor the occasional shrimp cocktail without having to brood about ruined mangroves, but we can’t solve a problem we can’t face.