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Working with Abusers and Their Families

Can Good and Evil Can Exist in the Same Person?

Mary Jo Barrett • 10/18/2019

By Mary Jo Barrett - Families suffering from trauma, abuse, and neglect can begin to make the crucial distinction between a chronic state of overarousal and vigilance and "reality" only once a sense of physical and psychological safety has been established. Only after this first stage is it even possible to focus on changing dysfunctional mindsets, counterproductive behavior, and destructive family patterns.

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VIDEO: What's New in Trauma Treatment?

Best Practices and More

Mary Jo Barrett • 7/10/2019

Here, Networker assistant editor Chris Lyford speaks with family therapist and trauma specialist Mary Jo Barrett about the evolution of trauma treatment and the importance of bringing families into the mix.

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Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Training Course
Copyright:
5/21/2019
Authors:
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
JOHN M. GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
JULIE GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
FRANK G. ANDERSON, M.D.
 
DEANY LALIOTIS, LICSW
 
ANITA MANDLEY, MS, LCPC
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Copyright:
3/22/2019
Authors:
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
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Creating Neighborhoods of Healing

A Trauma Therapist’s Passage with Chicago Gang Members

Mary Jo Barrett • 1/21/2019

By Mary Jo Barrett - I'm on a five-day camping trip with 20 gang members as part of a program called Pride ROC. Most of these guys have suffered repeated abuse and severe poverty, seen friends and family members shot, stabbed, or fatally overdosed on drugs. Not surprisingly, every one of them suffers from complex trauma—which is why I’m here as a therapist, trying to apply what I know and use in my office in a place far away from the comfortable world I usually inhabit.

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The Art of Not Knowing the Answer

A Trauma Specialist Shares Her Most Therapeutic Moment

Mary Jo Barrett • 1/10/2019

By Mary Jo Barrett - My very first case was the Byford family. The father was serving a six-month sentence for domestic abuse. During a home visit several months into treatment, the daughter, Laura, announced, “Dad is getting out of jail today! And he’s coming here!” My mind went blank. Her mother looked at me. Suddenly, it was as though I passed whatever strength I had to her, and she then passed it back to me.


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Survival Skills

Chicago Gang Members Take a Challenging Leap

Mary Jo Barrett • 12/26/2018

In one violent Chicago neighborhood, embattled gang members see themselves as UPOWs—urban prisoners of war. To introduce them to a new set of survival skills, a therapist specializing in complex trauma helps take them off the streets and into the wilderness. Can her unlikely approach, which at times resembles a seminar on brain science, make a real difference in their lives?

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A Step-By-Step Master Class with Deany Laliotis
Copyright:
10/8/2018
Authors:
DON MEICHENBAUM, PH.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
JOHN BRIERE, PH.D.
 
DEANY LALIOTIS, LICSW
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Today's Most Effective Interventions for Deep Healing
Copyright:
8/6/2018
Authors:
BILL O'HANLON, MS, LMFT
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
PAT OGDEN, PHD
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
ALBERT "SKIP" RIZZO
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Setting Boundaries in an Age of Informality

Discussing Ethics with Clients from the First Session

Mary Jo Barrett • 8/2/2018

By Mary Jo Barrett - As the status of the therapist has shifted from that of an oversized figure with Svengali-like powers to that of an overworked and underpaid service provider at the mercy of the client-consumer who might sue him or her for some infraction, what are we to make of our traditional ethical codes?

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Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Training Course
Copyright:
5/21/2019
Authors:
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
JOHN M. GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
JULIE GOTTMAN, PH.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
FRANK G. ANDERSON, M.D.
 
DEANY LALIOTIS, LICSW
 
ANITA MANDLEY, MS, LCPC
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3/22/2019
Authors:
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
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Type:
$149.99 USD
A Step-By-Step Master Class with Deany Laliotis
Copyright:
10/8/2018
Authors:
DON MEICHENBAUM, PH.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
JOHN BRIERE, PH.D.
 
DEANY LALIOTIS, LICSW
Product:
NRS001283
Type:
$529.93 USD     $229.99
Today's Most Effective Interventions for Deep Healing
Copyright:
8/6/2018
Authors:
BILL O'HANLON, MS, LMFT
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
PAT OGDEN, PHD
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
ALBERT "SKIP" RIZZO
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NRS001275
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Copyright:
6/20/2018
Authors:
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
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Clarifying Boundaries
Copyright:
3/22/2018
Authors:
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
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How to Go Beyond Technique
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3/24/2017
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MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
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3/23/2017
Authors:
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
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1/23/2017
Authors:
DON MEICHENBAUM, PH.D.
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
DAVID GRAND, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
JOHN BRIERE, PH.D.
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
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Copyright:
10/24/2016
Authors:
REID WILSON, PH.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
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The Missing Ingredient in Trauma Treatment

Bringing the Client’s World into the Treatment Room

Mary Jo Barrett • 6/6/2014

In the past few decades, we’ve made important strides in our ability to help overwhelmed and hopeless people overcome the stigma previously attached to trauma symptoms, learn new thinking and self-regulation skills, and even find a new sense of restored well-being. But then they go home, and far more often than we’d like, when they’re back in their daily lives with family, friends, and coworkers, they don’t do so well.

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Clarifying Boundary Issues to Strengthen Therapy

Why the Therapy Process Needs to be Free of Boundary Issues to be Successful

Mary Jo Barrett • 4/7/2014

We all know that the collaboration between therapist and client is the keystone of therapy. What many therapists may not realize is how much clarifying boundary issues contributes to establishing and strengthening that collaboration.

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The Ethics Gray Zone: Is it an Ethical Violation or Not?

When Unique Issues Arise, Therapist Need to Determine Whether or Not it’s a Potential Ethical Violation

Mary Jo Barrett • 1/16/2014

Sometimes ethical violations we face with our clients become so subtle and complex that we risk alienating clients when we’re trying our best to protect them.

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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

Mary Jo Barrett • 10/24/2013

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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Survival Skills

Chicago Gang Members Take a Challenging Leap

Mary Jo Barrett • 12/26/2018

In one violent Chicago neighborhood, embattled gang members see themselves as UPOWs—urban prisoners of war. To introduce them to a new set of survival skills, a therapist specializing in complex trauma helps take them off the streets and into the wilderness. Can her unlikely approach, which at times resembles a seminar on brain science, make a real difference in their lives?

Magazine Article

Then, Now & Tomorrow

Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017

Marian Sandmaier, Bessel van der Kolk, John Gottman, Dan Siegel, John Preston, Ken Hardy, Mary Jo Barrett, Salvador Minuchin • 1/1/2017

A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field. 
  • Trauma: Retreats and Advances  BESSEL VAN DER KOLK 
  • Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven  JOHN GOTTMAN 
  • Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty  SALVADOR MINUCHIN 
  • Family Violence: Out of the Shadows  MARY JO BARRETT 
  • Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out  JOHN PRESTON 
  • Race Matters: How Far Have We Come?  KENNETH HARDY 
  • Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain  DANIEL SIEGEL

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Outside the Box

Bringing Families into Trauma Treatment

Mary Jo Barrett • 5/12/2014

If we don’t open up the one-on-one therapeutic cloister, trauma sufferers may never learn how to engage in the give and take of real-life relationships. By failing to include their families, we too often fail to help them weave change into their daily lives.

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Yesterday’s Ethics Vs. Today’s Realities

Boundaries in an Age of Informality

Mary Jo Barrett • 7/1/2012

As the status of therapist has shifted from an oversized figure with Svengali-like powers to an overworked and underpaid service provider at the mercy of the client-consumer who might sue him or her for some infraction, what are we to make of our traditional ethical codes.

Magazine Article

Therapy in the Danger Zone

Breaking the cycle of family trauma

Mary Jo Barrett • 3/1/2010

There's no more emotionally demanding work than that with an incestuous family. A therapist offers an uncensored look at the fear, loathing, and fascination of the struggle to help a family emerge from the transgenerational legacy of abuse.

Magazine Article

Constructing The Third Reality

How to move from conflict to coexistence

Mary Jo Barrett • 7/29/2003

The Family Dialogue Project grew out of my attempt to help therapists, abuse survivors, and their families caught in the meshes of terrible conflicts from which there seemed to be no relief or exit.

Magazine Article

Can We Talk?

Let's End the Conspiracy of Silence About Ethical Dilemas

Mary Jo Barrett • 3/2/2002

One way or another, all therapists face similar questions about therapeutic boundaries: Should we accept the gift? How much do we self-disclose? What do we do when a dual relationship can't be avoided? How do we safely negotiate the currents of sexuality? Moved by our best instincts, our weaknesses or simply by the sheer ambiguity of the situation, we can often find ourselves striking out on our own and coloring outside the lines.

Magazine Article

The Crush

Challenging Our Culture of Avoidance

Mary Jo Barrett • 3/2/2002

Before it happened to me, I had never heard even my closest colleague talk about falling in love with a client. In our consultation group, the subject was once broached purely theoretically, and everyone became uncomfortably quiet. Nobody shared a personal experience. The message we gave each other was clear: Whatever you do, don't talk about having a crush on a client! And that may be why I would rather write about being seen naked by a client at the health club, or dealing with anti-Semitic remarks in session, than describe to you what happened.

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Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of Contextual Change and coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and The Systemic Treatment of Incest.