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Being There: Waking Up from a Virtual Life

A Conversation with Tara Brach

Rich Simon

By Rich Simon We’ve all become so used to getting our needs for information and social life met online–email, videos, ipods, skype–that we sometimes forget how irreplaceable the actual experience of direct human-to-human contact really is. Although we’re as fond of the lulling pleasures of cocooning as the next couple, one evening a couple of weeks ago, my wife Jette and I did something very old-fashioned. Continue reading

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A New Ballgame: Adapting to the Changing Rules of Psychotherapy

Perhaps the only certainty in life if that there are no certainties, and few understand that better than those of us working in the field of psychotherapy. We’ve witnessed the surge of designer drugs being marketed directly to the public, coped with the declining number of clients pursuing long-form talk therapy, and argued with insurance companies that are becoming less and less willing to cover the number of sessions that many clients need.
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Top 5 Children & Adolescents Symposium Workshops

By many reports, today’s children are struggling with record levels of anxiety, depression, and behavior disorders. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, one in 10 children suffer from emotional disturbances, at any given time. Ominously, suicide has become the third leading cause of death for people in the 15-24 age range.
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In Search of a Tribe: The Plight of Today’s Psychotherapist

By Rich Simon Most of the therapists I speak with these days—both those brand new to the profession and the old pros who still nostalgically recall the pre-Managed Care era—seem to feel a lot like Gary Lockwood, the untethered spaceman in the great, prophetic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Top 5 Trauma Workshops at the 2013 Symposium

At this year’s Symposium, we’re excited to be offering several workshops especially devoted to the  latest developments in trauma treatments. Here are the top 5 trauma workshops; which ones are you most eager to check out?
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Tough Times for Psychotherapy: Finding Strength in Community Expertise

By Rich Simon Clearly these are challenging times for psychotherapists. In university training settings, public agencies and private practices around the country, there’s more and more pressure to do briefer and briefer work and less time than ever being devoted to discussing our cases and reflecting on our craft. Even veteran practitioners used to long waiting lists are seeing more and more appointment hours yawningly empty, while newer clinicians can barely keep their financial heads above water. Continue reading

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Top 5 Couples Therapy Workshops at the 2013 Symposium

Many practitioners consider couples therapy the most demanding form of therapy that they do.

Emotions are heightened, unwanted confrontations often occur, and tough issues that an individual client could keep mum about become unavoidable when a partner brings them out into the open. That’s probably why workshops about couples therapy are among the most popular on this year’s Symposium program.
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The Hit List: Symposium 2013 Top 5 Workshops

Now that the holidays are over, those of us at Networker Central are celebrating our second favorite time of the year–the annual lead-up to this spring’s Networker Symposium! As more and more registrations come in, it’s always fascinating to see which workshops are the most popular. Here’s your chance to discover the hot trends that everyone wants to learn about and the speakers that are attracting the most attention, as well as the aspects of clinical craft in which attendees seem most interested.
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Deliberate Practice and the Inner Life

Rich Simon

By Rich Simon You might think that there’s a world of difference between reaching an outstanding level of performance in skilled activities like performing surgery, being a musician, playing chess or becoming a champion basketball player, on the one hand, and achieving psychological change on the other. Continue reading

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Three and a Half Minutes of Serendipity

Rich Simon

By Rich Simon If you’re like a lot of psychotherapists today, face-to-face professional gatherings may not be your cup of tea. After all, why bother with the hassle of travel, reshuffling your appointment book, and all the other petty inconveniences of conference-going, when you can stay home seated in your comfy chair Continue reading

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Second Helpings: Our Dinner with Andre—32 Years Later

Dinner with Andre

By Rich Simon There are certain movies that you just never forget and that somehow become part of your inner life. Andre Gregory’s My Dinner with Andre, starring himself and his real-life friend, playwright Wallace Shawn, was one such movie for many therapists, including me. Conceived by Andre as he was coming out of a long mid-life crisis, the movie is essentially a long dinner conversation in a posh Continue reading

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Learning from TED: Our New Sunday Program

Since 1984, at least 100 million people—either in person or online—have seen or heard a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk. Through these 3-18 minute presentations by the world’s best thinkers, creators, and talents from every imaginable field, the TED conferences have pioneered a new way of disseminating cutting edge ideas around the planet.
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The World’s Leading Expert on Expertise:

K. Anders Ericsson

K. Anders EricssonIt’s long been argued whether the profession of psychotherapy is more of an art or a science, but what if it’s neither? The theme of this year’s Networker Symposium, “The Therapist’s Craft,” offers a third possibility.

As Bill Doherty put it in a recent issue of the Networker, “We often assume that if therapists are trained in good models of therapy or in common factors of all successful therapy, they’ll just know how to execute the skills. But what if we think of therapy as a conversational craft that we hone over a career with our clients a community of conversational healers?”
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