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Effectively Assessing the Risk of Suicide

Identifying the Inquiries to Make

I feel unprepared to make a proper suicide assessment with my clients. I’m nervous that I’ll neglect to ask, or the client won’t tell me, something vital to making the right clinical decision. Can you recommend an objective measure for reliably determining suicidality?

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How to Protect Yourself in the Ethical Gray Zone

Frederic Reamer on the Importance of Documentation

As clinicians, we try to prepare ourselves as best we can for any ethical issues that could arise with clients. But while we know the answers to the obvious dilemmas, where does that leave us with the endless list of ethical issues that fall into the gray area of ethical ambiguity?

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The Power of Conversation

Bringing Your Voice to the Exploration of Psychotherapy

Nothing makes me feel punchier and more ill-informed than glancing at the accumulation of advertisements announcing trainings, new publications, practice trends, and research findings in my email inbox every day. But my job as editor of the Networker has given me the opportunity to regularly discover that keeping up is actually not so beyond my capabilities.

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Moving Beyond the Brain

Dan Siegel on Why the Mind, More Than the Brain, Matters in Therapy

As the language of neuroscience sinks deeper into the public consciousness, the brain has become a scapegoat for explaining the mysterious behaviors, moods, and impulses that drive everyday life.

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Using Creativity to Help Blocked Clients Become "Unstuck"

How to Replace Pathology with Creativity

As both an art therapist and a marriage and family therapist, I believe that vulnerability, doubt, fear, and uncertainty—feelings most people try to avoid—are essential to getting unstuck in life and engaging in creative problem solving.

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How To Talk About Sex With Men

Esther Perel Shows How Easy It Can Be

A man’s sexuality is integral to everything he does, according to Esther Perel. It’s reflected in how he lives, how he approaches his work and recreation, and how he meets—or dodges—challenges.

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A New Daily Companion in Your Practice

Introducing the Psychotherapy Networker Daily

There are more than 600,000 mental health practitioners around the country, but for the most part, we might all be hidden away in cloisters for the chances we get to directly connect and learn from each other.

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The Importance of Professional Boundaries in Therapy

As ethical violation guidelines in therapy become more ambiguous, setting clear professional boundaries remains a central concern

Increasingly the general public has come to regard therapists as just another kind of service provider, rather than a potential Svengali. Thus the relative power of therapist and client has shifted as has the role of professional boundaries.

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Moving Clients from Resistance to Resilience

Not all clients who find their way into a consulting room are there because they’re ready to change.

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The Polyvagal Circuit in the Consulting Room

An Interview with Stephen Porges

As we all learned in school, we have two options in the face of perceived danger: fight or flight. But that was before neuroscientist Stephen Porges undertook his research into the relationship between human physiology and social engagement.

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Moving Beyond DSM-5

David Mays on the Future of Psychotherapy

However much we all might like to discuss and debate DSM-5, the field of psychotherapy continues to move forward.

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Can Compassion Be Trained?

Even as mindfulness gains mainstream acceptance as a therapeutic tool, the definition of what mindfulness actually is remains in flux.

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Male-Friendly Psychotherapy

How Brain Science Illuminates Gender Differences

Pat Love provides a quick look at the kinds of cutting edge information with game-changing applications that can help make therapy more inviting for male clients

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Head-to-Head with Emotion

Susan Johnson on Why Labeling Clients’ Emotions Isn’t Enough

Emotions can be tricky—once they enter the consulting room, it’s easy for both therapists and clients to become stuck in, overwhelmed by, and embattled with strong emotions.

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Examining the Most Controversial Change in DSM-5

Gary Greenberg On The Bereavement Exclusion

When examining the various changes made in DSM-5, Gary Greenberg finds the most controversial one to be the removal of the bereavement exclusion from the major depression diagnosis.

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The Trouble with Trying to Heal Trauma Too Fast

Sometimes moving clients right into re-experiencing a traumatic event for cathartic effect works and clients feel some relief in the therapy hour. But according to Internal Family Systems developer Dick Schwartz, this type of therapy has costs.

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Empowering Today's Parental Authority Figures

Ron Taffel on What Families Can't Function Without

The days of children being seen and not heard are long gone. Now, however, kids and teens are increasingly expressing themselves through extensive online social networks, which open them up to new spheres of influence that challenge parental authority in an unprecedented way.

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Ensuring the Future of Psychotherapy

In the keynote session from our State of the Art virtual conference, Dan Goleman will survey the range of scientific advances made in recent years in helping people develop the kind of attentional and emotional skills needed for balance and success in life, advances that are having an increasing impact of psychotherapy.

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Taking Off The Gloves

David Schnarch On How Confrontation Speeds Up Couples Therapy

Couples therapist, David Schnarch, is not interested in having a couple feel secure in the consulting room.

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Responding to the Critics of DSM-5

Darrel Regier On Why Diagnostic Changes Were Made

Despite the number of criticisms it has incurred, there was a method to the so-called madness of DSM-5.

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Does Neuroscience Really Matter?

Given the responses that continue to come in to Steve Andreas’ critique of the therapeutic relevance of neuroscience, we asked two leaders in the development of more brain-based approaches to therapy to weigh in and further the discussion for State of the Art 2013.

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Anxiety as a GPS

Danie Beaulieu On How to Make Panic An Ally

Most of our therapeutic interventions for anxiety center around managing over-blown feelings of fear. But what if we consider anxiety as a vital signal, alerting us that we are taking actions that do not align with who we truly are?

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Rethinking the Autonomic Nervous System

Stephen Porges on a Popular Neuroscientific Misconception

For decades therapists have been taught that there are two sides of the autonomic nervous system complementing each other. But according to Stephen Porges—developer of the Polyvagal Theory—this teaching is off the mark.

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What's The Value Of A Diagnostic Category In The DSM?

Gary Greenberg on the Role of Economic Factors in the Shaping of the DSM

By giving diagnostic criteria and a name to a specific human suffering, an entry in the DSM increases the likelihood of research and treatment dollars going to that condition.

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The Selling of Psychotherapy

Therapist and business coach Lynn Grodzki provides an eye-opening road-map to both the shift in clients’ attitude and how we as therapists can most productively respond to it.

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