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Thinking Outside the Box

Giving Stuck Clients a Therapy Experience Like They've Never Had Before

Cloe Madanes • 5/17/2018

By Cloe Madanes - There are times when clients are so deeply stuck, not just in the unhappy circumstances of their pain, but in the unshakable sense that nothing they do will make any difference, that they need a little benign shaking up.

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The Silver Lining in Failure

Not Every Teachable Moment Has to Be a Successful One

Cloe Madanes • 1/4/2018

By Cloe Madanes - The problem with a failure is that one doesn't really understand why one failed. If one did, it wouldn't have been a failure. But I'm not giving up on my toughest client, Bob. There's one strategy I still haven't used.

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Creative Therapy with the Humor Antidote

Using Playfulness to Move Stuck Clients Into Recovery

Cloe Madanes • 7/2/2015

When clients are deeply stuck, they have lost all sense of perspective, all capacity to see any possible humor or lightness in their problem or in their lives. Emotionally and cognitively, they’re trapped in their own sad story. In these cases, the approach that I’ve found most useful is a kind of soft shock therapy in the form of a humorous paradoxical directive. Playful, humorous strategies can be like therapeutic life preservers, which keep both therapist and client afloat until both can get back to shore. Humor reboots the emotions and enables us to look at our situation with fresh eyes.

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Recovering the Lost Roots of Child and Family Therapy

Using Family Therapy's Origins to Fix a Broken Mental Health System

Cloe Madanes • 4/10/2015

During the height of the family therapy movement, the healing power of the family was respected, and medication and out-of-home placements were considered a last resort. For a variety of reasons, that era has passed, and countertherapeutic economic forces have come to dominate treatment decisions. We need to reexamine our values as a profession and rediscover the activism of the days when the DSM didn’t so thoroughly limit our perspective and clinicians were encouraged to think beyond narrow diagnostic categories and embrace the fuller complexities of human systems.

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Cloe Madanes on Advocating for the Most Vulnerable

Cloe Madanes • 3/1/2015

Let’s unite to stand up to vested interests that have taken over the mental health system.

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Soft Shock Therapy

The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable

Cloe Madanes • 7/2/2014


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Soft Shock Therapy

The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable

Cloe Madanes • 3/7/2014

Using humor to help clients reconstruct their problems, even to the point of making parodies of their own dilemmas, can help some them get distance from their woes, learn to take themselves less seriously, and perhaps even gain a bit of wisdom.

Magazine Article

The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

How to Succeed at Self-Sabotage

Cloe Madanes • 11/5/2013

Making yourself profoundly unhappy takes tenacity and creativity. But the real art of it is to behave in ways that allow you to claim yourself to be an innocent victim, ideally of the very people from whom you’re forcibly extracting compassion and pity.

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3/15/2013
Authors:
MARY PIPHER, PHD
 
DAVID TREADWAY, PHD
 
FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PHD
 
CLOE MADANES, HDL, LIC
 
LASCELLES BLACK, MSW, LMFT
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New Ways to Work Effectively with Your Most Challenging Clients
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1/1/2012
Authors:
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
WENDY T. BEHARY, MSW, LCSW
 
CLIFTON MITCHELL, PHD
 
JOYANNA SILBERG, PHD
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
CLOE MADANES, HDL, LIC
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NRC095865
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$39.99 USD
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Copyright:
3/15/2013
Authors:
MARY PIPHER, PHD
 
DAVID TREADWAY, PHD
 
FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
MARTHA STRAUS, PHD
 
CLOE MADANES, HDL, LIC
 
LASCELLES BLACK, MSW, LMFT
Product:
NRC095559
Type:
$29.99 USD
New Ways to Work Effectively with Your Most Challenging Clients
Copyright:
1/1/2012
Authors:
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
WENDY T. BEHARY, MSW, LCSW
 
CLIFTON MITCHELL, PHD
 
JOYANNA SILBERG, PHD
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
CLOE MADANES, HDL, LIC
Product:
NRC095865
Type:
$39.99 USD
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Thinking Outside the Box

Giving Stuck Clients a Therapy Experience Like They've Never Had Before

Cloe Madanes • 5/17/2018

By Cloe Madanes - There are times when clients are so deeply stuck, not just in the unhappy circumstances of their pain, but in the unshakable sense that nothing they do will make any difference, that they need a little benign shaking up.

Daily Blog

The Silver Lining in Failure

Not Every Teachable Moment Has to Be a Successful One

Cloe Madanes • 1/4/2018

By Cloe Madanes - The problem with a failure is that one doesn't really understand why one failed. If one did, it wouldn't have been a failure. But I'm not giving up on my toughest client, Bob. There's one strategy I still haven't used.

Daily Blog

Creative Therapy with the Humor Antidote

Using Playfulness to Move Stuck Clients Into Recovery

Cloe Madanes • 7/2/2015

When clients are deeply stuck, they have lost all sense of perspective, all capacity to see any possible humor or lightness in their problem or in their lives. Emotionally and cognitively, they’re trapped in their own sad story. In these cases, the approach that I’ve found most useful is a kind of soft shock therapy in the form of a humorous paradoxical directive. Playful, humorous strategies can be like therapeutic life preservers, which keep both therapist and client afloat until both can get back to shore. Humor reboots the emotions and enables us to look at our situation with fresh eyes.

Daily Blog

Recovering the Lost Roots of Child and Family Therapy

Using Family Therapy's Origins to Fix a Broken Mental Health System

Cloe Madanes • 4/10/2015

During the height of the family therapy movement, the healing power of the family was respected, and medication and out-of-home placements were considered a last resort. For a variety of reasons, that era has passed, and countertherapeutic economic forces have come to dominate treatment decisions. We need to reexamine our values as a profession and rediscover the activism of the days when the DSM didn’t so thoroughly limit our perspective and clinicians were encouraged to think beyond narrow diagnostic categories and embrace the fuller complexities of human systems.

Daily Blog

Soft Shock Therapy

The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable

Cloe Madanes • 7/2/2014


Daily Blog
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Cloe Madanes on Advocating for the Most Vulnerable

Cloe Madanes • 3/1/2015

Let’s unite to stand up to vested interests that have taken over the mental health system.

Magazine Article

Soft Shock Therapy

The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable

Cloe Madanes • 3/7/2014

Using humor to help clients reconstruct their problems, even to the point of making parodies of their own dilemmas, can help some them get distance from their woes, learn to take themselves less seriously, and perhaps even gain a bit of wisdom.

Magazine Article

The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

How to Succeed at Self-Sabotage

Cloe Madanes • 11/5/2013

Making yourself profoundly unhappy takes tenacity and creativity. But the real art of it is to behave in ways that allow you to claim yourself to be an innocent victim, ideally of the very people from whom you’re forcibly extracting compassion and pity.

Magazine Article

The Godfather Strategy

Finding the Offer a Client Can't Refuse

Cloe Madanes • 11/1/2000

After 20 years of teaching therapy, but not doing it myself, I decided I needed a lesson in humility. What better way to experience humility than to be a therapist? So I started a small practice that basically consisted of taking on the cases that, for a variety of reasons, other therapists couldn't handle: sexual violence, heartbreaking drama, money problems, celebrities. And I was quite successful, to the point that the lesson in humility was escaping me. Until I met Bob.

Magazine Article
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Cloe Madanes is a world-renowned innovator and teacher of family and brief therapy and one of the originators of the strategic approach to family therapy. She has authored seven books that are classics in the field: Strategic Family Therapy; Behind the One-Way Mirror; Sex, Love, and Violence; The Secret Meaning of Money; The Violence of Men; The Therapist as Humanist, Social Activist, and Systemic Thinker; and Relationship Breakthrough.