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With his career-long focus on clinical artistry, fascination with the nuance of human connection, and continuing dedication to the therapist's craft (he recently volunteered to work pro bono with veterans at the Veterans Administration in Tampa, Florida), Minuchin in many ways epitomized the theme of this year's Symposium. Or as editor Simon said in his introduction, "If therapy is the art of engagement, and it really can't be anything else, then Sal is my nominee for the most artfully engaged therapist who's ever lived. And, even beyond that, he's continued to show us what human engagement truly means at every stage of the life cycle."
For those who lack the instinct for engagement and connection of a master therapist, the question remains of how to keep the spirit of a gathering like the Symposium alive after returning to our often solitary offices? Like all good questions, this query has no pat answer, but contains the possibility of many answers. There was much discussion at the meeting of the new features of the Networker website (www.psychotherapynetworker.org) that now makes possible all kinds of exchanges and continued learning year-round, complementing the face-to-face group energy generated at the Symposium. For those at this year's meeting as well as those seeking further inspiration, support, and guidance in their practice, the order of the day will be to keep the conversation going, knowing that there's a vast community of kindred spirits experiencing the same challenges just waiting to be mobilized.