Reflections on the Path and Purpose of Trauma Work

Ending the National Health Problem of Family Violence

Mary Jo Barrett • 2/20/2017

By Mary Jo Barrett - Family violence remains a national health problem that few therapists have been trained to deal with and, sadly, few of us want to address. On a good day, it’s a messy, complicated business, which doesn’t bring much financial reward or professional status. But over 40 years, we've amassed a wealth of knowledge on how to help traumatized families.

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Working with Abusers and Their Families

Acknowledging That Good and Evil Can Exist in the Same Person

Mary Jo Barrett • 2/10/2017

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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1/23/2017
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RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
DON MEICHENBAUM, PH.D.
 
DAVID GRAND, PH.D.
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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 Minichin • 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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Ethical Boundaries in an Age of Informality

Discussing Ethics with Clients from the First Session

Mary Jo Barrett • 6/15/2016

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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Copyright:
3/20/2016
Authors:
DAVID GRAND, PH.D.
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
 
DAVID FEINSTEIN, PH.D.
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
RICK HANSON, PH.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
REID WILSON, PH.D.
 
STEPHEN PORGES, PH.D.
 
JAMES COAN, PHD
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3/18/2016
Authors:
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
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3/17/2016
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MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
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When Client Relationships Lean Romantic

Pulling Back When Therapy Stretches Ethical Boundaries

Mary Jo Barrett • 12/11/2014

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. The message we gave each other was clear: Whatever you do, don't talk about having a crush on a client. Yet, I want to break our conspiracy of silence so that we can get help when we need it. And believe me, when it came to Scott, I did.

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VIDEO: Combining Trauma Treatment with Family Therapy

Making Sure Treatment Sticks Outside the Therapy Room

Mary Jo Barrett • 10/9/2014

Far too often, trauma survivors appear to progress in therapy and then go home and fall right back into the same old patterns of negative emotion and dysfunctional relationships. According to Mary Jo Barrett, author of Treating Complex Trauma, a client’s family can be the therapist’s biggest ally in making sure progress is sustained outside the consulting room. Still, she says, many clinicians overlook how family therapy can support recovery.

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LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
DON MEICHENBAUM, PH.D.
 
DAVID GRAND, PH.D.
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MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
 
DAVID FEINSTEIN, PH.D.
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
RICK HANSON, PH.D.
 
JANINA FISHER, PH.D.
 
REID WILSON, PH.D.
 
STEPHEN PORGES, PH.D.
 
JAMES COAN, PHD
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PAT LOVE, ED.D.
 
HARVILLE HENDRIX, PH.D.
 
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
 
HELEN LAKELLY HUNT, PH.D.
 
DAVID SCHNARCH, PH.D.
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
MARLENE BEST, PH.D.
 
PETER A. LEVINE, PH.D.
 
DAVID GRAND, PH.D.
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
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MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
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RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
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KENNETH V. HARDY, PHD
 
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Reflections on the Path and Purpose of Trauma Work

Ending the National Health Problem of Family Violence

Mary Jo Barrett • 2/20/2017

By Mary Jo Barrett - Family violence remains a national health problem that few therapists have been trained to deal with and, sadly, few of us want to address. On a good day, it’s a messy, complicated business, which doesn’t bring much financial reward or professional status. But over 40 years, we've amassed a wealth of knowledge on how to help traumatized families.

Daily Blog

Working with Abusers and Their Families

Acknowledging That Good and Evil Can Exist in the Same Person

Mary Jo Barrett • 2/10/2017

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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Ethical Boundaries in an Age of Informality

Discussing Ethics with Clients from the First Session

Mary Jo Barrett • 6/15/2016

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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When Client Relationships Lean Romantic

Pulling Back When Therapy Stretches Ethical Boundaries

Mary Jo Barrett • 12/11/2014

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. The message we gave each other was clear: Whatever you do, don't talk about having a crush on a client. Yet, I want to break our conspiracy of silence so that we can get help when we need it. And believe me, when it came to Scott, I did.

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VIDEO: Combining Trauma Treatment with Family Therapy

Making Sure Treatment Sticks Outside the Therapy Room

Mary Jo Barrett • 10/9/2014

Far too often, trauma survivors appear to progress in therapy and then go home and fall right back into the same old patterns of negative emotion and dysfunctional relationships. According to Mary Jo Barrett, author of Treating Complex Trauma, a client’s family can be the therapist’s biggest ally in making sure progress is sustained outside the consulting room. Still, she says, many clinicians overlook how family therapy can support recovery.

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The Crush

Challenging Our Culture of Avoidance

Mary Jo Barrett • 9/5/2014

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. Yet, I want to break our conspiracy of silence so that we can get help when we need it. And believe me, when it came to Scott, I did.

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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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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 Minichin • 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

Magazine Article

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.

Magazine Article

Yesterday’s Ethics Vs. Today’s Realities

Boundaries in an Age of Informality

Mary Jo Barrett • 7/5/2012

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...

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.

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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, the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, teaches at the University of Chicago. She’s the coauthor of Systemic Treatment of Incest.