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The Child Confidentiality Bind

How to Involve Families When Treating Teens

It’s a tall order to maintain a teen client’s privacy and build rapport with them when you’re including their parents in the mix. But having the right kind of confidentiality agreement in place can make this work a lot easier.

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"Networker Live" with Deb Dana

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

Last month, the Networker's director of CE, Zach Taylor, hosted therapist, author, and polyvagal specialist Deb Dana for the inaugural installment of "Networker Live," a series of live conversations and Q&As with the magazine's top contributors.

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The Networker App is FREE for subscribers!

Take Years of Issues Wherever You Go!

The Networker magazine app is available on all your mobile devices! It features current issues, archives of past issues, videos, and blogs!

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Managing Therapist Burnout

Eight Tips for Resetting in 2021

How do we hit the reset button as we begin a new year? Research on burnout across professions says the answer isn’t less work but rather more meaning and an increased sense of efficacy.

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The Grieving Therapist

Take a Break, or Keep Going?

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist whose personal grief is so deep that she's finding it hard to stay present for clients? Six clinicians weigh in.

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On the Death of My Friend Rich Simon

A Reflection on Bipolar Disorder and Suicide

Dan Siegel, author and cofounder of the Mindsight Institute, was a close friend of Networker editor Rich Simon for over two decades. Rich's family has asked Dan to share his reflections on bipolar disorder, and Rich's courage in facing a decades-long struggle with an illness many still don't understand well. As Dan writes, "He will always be a hero to me."

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Esther Perel on Adapting to Uncertainty

And How Relationships Are Changing in a Pandemic

There’s a profound change occurring in our relationship to space. In working remotely, it feels at times like we’re doing home visits. In video calls, we enter each other’s intimate spaces: kitchens and messy bedrooms. We’re not working from home—we’re working with home.

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Bottom-Up Gratitude

An AEDP Approach

A core tenet of AEDP teaches us that humans have a built-in, primitive drive to seek out healing attachment, that if something inside us feels wrong, we move toward fixing it.

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Submit to Clinician's Quandary!

Let Us Know How YOU Would Tackle This Situation in Your Practice...

Even the best therapists rely on advice from peers. In the spirit of building community, we're introducing Clinician's Quandary, a new forum where you can weigh in on how you'd handle a particular clinical quagmire. Here's this month's Quandary.

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I’m Ready for a New Challenge

Five Clinicians Weigh In

A therapist is ready for a new challenge, a new context in which to put their clinical skills to work. Here, five clinicians offer practical guidance on finding rewarding projects.

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Out of Office

Therapists’ Passions and What They Teach Us about Practice

Therapists aren’t just therapists. We’re people, with interests, hobbies, and passions that not only give us fulfilment outside of work, but enhance our ability to return to the office day after day with a clear head and renewed focus. And some therapists’ passions, it turns out, are pretty darn cool.

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David Burns on Overcoming Self-Criticism

A Pioneer of CBT on his Journey to “Feeling Great”

David Burns's book, Feeling Good, brought the cognitive revolution to the public. In his new book, Feeling Great, he draws on decades of clinical work to present readers with what he calls, “cognitive therapy on steroids.”

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Helping Parents in Stressful Times

Clinicians Weigh in on Pandemic Parenting

A therapist has been working with a parent on implementing a kinder, gentler style of interaction with her boisterous kids, but the coronavirus is creating so much stress that she's reverted to doling out harsh punishments. Here, five clinicians offer practical guidance.

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Reaching “Unreachable” Teens & Tweens

12 Tips to Get You in the Side Door

Building a relationship with a heavily armored, developmentally regressed, profoundly sad young adolescent is no small feat. This is where the art of this work comes in.

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Asking Clients About Racial Stress and Trauma

How to Broach the Topic Appropriately

Talking to clients of color about race and experiences of racial trauma is critical. But many white clinicians struggle with how to open these discussions.

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Therapy From the Podcast Studio

Lori Gottlieb and Guy Winch discuss “Dear Therapists”

The therapists and writers have teamed up to produce a podcast that addresses a listener’s problem, provides specific advice, and then checks in to see whether or not it helped—all the while trying to work together as a team and provide a unified response.

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It's Never Too Late

Dan Siegel Shares a Life-Changing Therapeutic Moment

By Daniel Siegel - A therapist’s skill base and experience are vital to good therapy. But they’re rarely enough. The following story, taken from Daniel Siegel's 2017 Networker Symposium Dinner Storytelling piece, highlights the need to bring vulnerability and some measure of risk into the treatment room, letting go of any secret ambition to become a Master of the Therapeutic Universe. There’s no such person.

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Empowering Relationships Despite Political Divides

How to Find and Reaffirm Shared Values

For the roughly 23 percent of married couples who don’t share a political affiliation, disagreements over a party or candidate can easily escalate into personal attacks that threaten an otherwise healthy relationship.

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Training the Heart and Mind

A Message from Jack Kornfield

Clinical psychologist and author Jack Kornfield has been instrumental in bringing mindfulness to Western audiences. With candor and humor, he shares a moving story about how mindfulness can make us more patient, compassionate human beings, and explains what it means for therapists to be "heart-holders" in today's society.

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Finding Wholeness after Loss

The Journey of Grief Groups

The word healing means to make whole, but coming to a sense of wholeness after a significant loss is a difficult process that can’t be rushed.

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A Polyvagal Primer

A Three-Part Exercise to Create Safety and Trust

By Deb Dana - The three elements of our autonomic nervous system act as our largely subconscious surveillance system, working in the background to read subtle signals of safety or threat. Here's how to help clients become aware of their patterns of response to ease and distress.

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Linda Graham on Developing Resiliency

How can therapists help clients train their resiliency "muscles"?

In the past, resilience was thought of as an immutable trait: something we're born with that predetermines how well we can tolerate stress. In reality, Linda Graham explains, “resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity.” It's something that can be developed with training, like a muscle.

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Is Therapy About Transformation, or Small Breakthroughs?

Learning to Separate Our Hopes for Our Clients from Their Goals for Themselves

By William Doherty - Are therapists more like shamans or family doctors? Explorers of human depths or more like Siri on your iPhone, just directing you from one place to another? I'm a skeptic about whether any clinical approach is good at getting clients consistently to the promised land of transformation. Maybe therapy is better understood as being about breakthroughs—small, medium, and large—rather than about transformation.

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The Reassurance Trap

Living with Uncertainly

By Martin Seif and Sally Winston - We can’t guarantee certainty about anything, really. But some of us become haunted by needing to know for sure. We call this unrelenting need the Reassurance Trap. Here's a strategy for getting out of it.

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Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness

The Key to Safety and Trauma-sensitive Care

I work at a school for elementary- and middle-school kids in New York City. Counseling children and families affected by homelessness is a rapidly expanding segment of my work. Providing trauma-sensitive care for them has become a cornerstone of my approach, but I’ve learned that it doesn’t take fancy interventions to help displaced families feel better.

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