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2011 May/June
Achieving Excellence: Do we need a new model?

Bridging Our Professional Islands

PNMJ11-1What’s Missing from this Picture?

By Scott Miller and Mark Hubble

Therapists usually enter the field because they’re drawn to it and have innate capacities to do the work. But whether they excel depends largely on their professional community. Unfortunately, current psychotherapy practice doesn’t foster excellence as much as mediocrity, inertia, and an intense fear of change.

PNMJ11-2Anatomy of an Agency that Works

By Bob Bertolino

We all have stories about the bureaucracies that stifle clinical creativity and seem to exist primarily to generate meaningless paperwork. Here’s a tale about a community agency that actually works, and how it got that way.

PNMJ11-3It’s Certainly Not Money or Fame!

By Barry Duncan

A close-up look at a 20-year, multinational study that captures the heart of therapists’ aspirations---and perhaps the soul of our professional identity.

From What Is to What Can Be

By Barry Duncan

Down for the count, a therapist again discovers that even the most hopeless sessions can have a positive outcome if you stay with the process.

PNMJ11-5How to Create a Community of Practice

By Peter Fraenkel

A modest proposal about how to get out of your cubbyhole, enliven your conversations with others in the field, and experience a new kind of professional community.

PNMJ11-6Symposium 2011 Charts Terra Incognita

By Mary Sykes Wylie

Emerging from their monastic little cells, 3,000 psychotherapists had a schmooze-fest celebrating the power of face-to-face connection and joined forces to envision the future.

Truly Client-Centered Therapy

The Heart Speaks

Does Love Have a Role in Psychotherapy?

From Conflict to Alliance

A road map for family interventions

There’s no substitute for a clear clinical model that can guide you through the therapeutic change process.

Red Speak, Blue Speak

The Psychology of Political Ehetoric

The work of linguist George Lakoff on the psychology of political rhetoric has become must reading for anyone who wants to understand how candidates get elected.

The Most Famous Book Never Read

What Makes the Feminine Mystique so Special?

A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s

Nearly 50 years after its publication, a look at the shortcomings and enduring power of one of the most influential books of our time. 

Lost, and Found

Rediscovering a Subterranean Kington of Memories

Reconnecting with old memories in a father’s special place.

May/June 2011 Achieving Excellence
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