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2014 May/June
Current Issue Card MJ14

Trauma, the alluring diagnosis of the therapy profession.

PNMA14-1Bringing Families into Trauma Treatment

By Mary Jo Barrett

If we don’t open up the one-on-one therapeutic cloister, trauma sufferers may never learn how to engage in the give and take of real-life relationships. By failing to include their families, we too often fail to help them weave change into their daily lives.

PNMA14-2Some Clients Challenge our Capacity for Compassion

By Noel Larson

Most therapists find it relatively easy to feel empathy for the usual hyperaroused, vulnerable trauma client. But it can be a lot tougher to remain nonjudgmental and receptive with dissociative clients who’ve done horrible things to traumatize others.

PNMA14-325 Years of Learning Trauma Treatment

By Janina Fisher

25 years ago, we believed that helping trauma survivors dig into dark and unspeakable horrors would set them free. But in this new age of trauma treatment, we aim to help our clients find the light.

PNMA14-4Highlights from Symposium 2014

To get through to clients in our increasingly ADD culture, therapists must learn to evoke a deeper, more visceral engagement with them. At this year’s Networker Symposium, a lineup of innovators shared their wisdom about how to do just that.

Do Brain Games Build Cognitive Muscle? • Grim Job Prospects for Mental Health Grads

The Case for Neurofeedback

Rewiring the brain in the consulting room

The increasing popularity of neurofeedback is based on the growing evidence that a wide variety of psychological disorders can be understood as firing mistakes in the brain’s electrical activity.

Rush to Judgment

Beware of the ADHD diagnosis

Part of the epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD in young children today results from a failure to understand how trauma often leads to difficulty learning in school.

Brain Imaging and Psychotherapy

Why is it so controversial?

For nearly 20 years, psychiatrist Daniel Amen has led a controversial crusade to make brain imaging an accepted part of psychotherapeutic practice.

12 Missteps?

The evidence that AA works is many steps behind

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry The authors of a provocative new book argue that, despite its sterling reputation, alcoholics anonymous has one of the worst success rates in all of medicine.

Me and My Belly

A Lifelong Relationship

A middle-aged man explores his troubled relationship with the body his genetics have saddled him with.


Treating Trauma

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