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Healing as a Subversive Act

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
In his opening keynote, Canadian physician Gabor Maté called on therapists to expand their frame of reference and recognize how their job is too often a kind of mopping up after the cruelties and injustices of the larger systems that shape our lives.

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In Consultation

Truths and Consequences: Helping Teens Make Good Decisions

May/June 2019
When it comes to high-risk behaviors, therapists can find themselves caught between boundary-testing teens and their concerned parents.

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Learning to Draw the Line

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
"In one session, she said that her life outside of therapy was going great, and seeing me was her main problem."

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Piercing the Illusion of Intimacy

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
“Whoops,” I said, thinking this was a lighthearted moment. “Looks like you should’ve gone with that other psychologist.” But Ted didn’t joke back.

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Point of View

A Therapist Switches Chairs: From Clinician to Client to Author

May/June 2019
In her latest bestselling book, Lori Gottlieb offers an unusually intimate look at her experience as both a therapist and a client.

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Suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge

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May/June 2019
In his many bestselling books, author Malcolm Gladwell has achieved renown for upending conventional thinking about the forces that shape people’s lives. His keynote, beginning with a surprising look at poet Sylvia Plath's suicide, underscored the Symposium theme of the interplay of social and personal issues.

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May/June 2019
Taking Wing
When Therapy Changes the Therapist
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The Best Love Story Ever

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Clinical psychologist, researcher, and developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Sue Johnson—challenging the idea that commitment and exclusive relationships have become passé in a world skeptical of traditional values—made an impassioned case for the deeply healing power of intimate connection.

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The Inheritance Within

Coming Face to Face with Our Ancestors

May/June 2019
For decades, Bert Hellinger and his Family Constellations approach have been a lightning rod for controversy. But the latest research on epigenetics and the multigenerational impact of trauma have given new credibility to some of the underlying principles of this work.

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The Politics of Mental Health

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Pioneering trauma specialist Bessel van der Kolk took aim not only at the politics within the therapy field that determine what diagnoses get into the DSM, but the politics in the larger arena that lead people to ignore the prevalence of trauma in society.

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Therapy in a Challenging World

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Rich Simon, Networker editor, tried to highlight the role therapists can play in a world so turned upside down that "crazy has become the new normal."

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What Greg Taught Me

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
"Even though I’d been out as a gay man for decades, I still felt disgust at my erotic interests. Although several therapists over the years had told me I wasn’t a sex addict, I fired all of them until I found one who agreed with my self-diagnosis."

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When Therapy Changes the Therapist

Five Tales of Self-Discovery

May/June 2019
Although it’s not usually acknowledged, change in the consulting room goes both ways. Even as they help clients wrestle with their issues, it’s the rare therapist who hasn’t experienced his or her own eureka moments. Five therapists share their tales of personal transformation.

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An Interview with Peter Levine

Turning Psychotherapy Bottom Up

March/April 2019
Peter Levine, developer of Somatic Experiencing, takes us inside his seemingly intuitive approach and reveals the guiding principles that inform his work.

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Bookmarks

Where the Trauma Never Ends: Inside Chicago’s Urban War Zones

March/April 2019
Chicago’s inner city has long been termed an “urban war zone.” A new book by acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz reveals the personal stories of trauma and grief, as well as solace and support, that unfold over one summer.

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Case Study

Storm Damage: Angry Words Can Sink a Relationship

March/April 2019
Even though partners may forgive each other after a heated argument, the hurtful words that were hurled can be haunting nonetheless.

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Character Work

What Therapists Can Learn from Actors

March/April 2019
Therapists can flop in their “performance” with clients, coming off as inauthentic or over the top. One former actor discovers how to embody the kind of “scene partner” his clients need him to be.

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Clinician's Digest

ASMR Videos: A New Tool for Therapists?

March/April 2019
Videos designed to elicit ASMR, a physiological state some people find soothing, get millions of views online. Now clinicians are debating whether they could be a useful therapeutic tool.

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Dying Well

Humanizing Our Overmedicalized System

March/April 2019
Hospital protocols have replaced the time-honored customs that once enabled the dying to be lead actors in their life’s final drama. Why do we spend so much on last ditch medical treatments while depriving so many of what they need to die with dignity and peace?

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Editor's Note

March/April 2019
For many years after, body therapy remained a semi-underground movement within the field. Now increasing numbers of clinicians are utilizing highly interactive, body-based approaches to help clients locate the somatic sources of their pain as well as discover new pathways to aliveness and joy.

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Family Matters

The Shopping Trip: Showing Up Is Its Own Reward

March/April 2019
Sometimes you learn your most important life lessons from the person who most frustrates and disappoints you.

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From Margin to Mainstream

Peter Levine’s Bottom-Up Approach to Healing

March/April 2019
Body psychotherapy, once shrouded in controversy, has gained growing acceptance in the wider field. So how do these popular bottom-up approaches actually work?

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In Consultation

Disarming the Verbal Bully: Four Ways to Push Pause

March/April 2019
At a time when verbal bullies seem to feel increasingly empowered, here are four offbeat ways to push pause on their toxic verbiage.

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Kindling the Spark

The Healing Power of Expressive Arts

March/April 2019
Aliveness is not an experience we think or talk ourselves into; it’s a state of being we feel in our bodies. An expressive arts therapist shows how creativity, movement, and play can help traumatized clients find their way toward vitality and healing.

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Point of View

Toward a New Vision for Healthcare: Bringing Therapists and Physicians Together

March/April 2019
When it comes to addressing the profound impact of trauma, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris is calling for primary care physicians and therapists to develop new forms of collaboration that could transform our healthcare system.

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