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The Case for the Older Therapist

Five Therapeutic Lessons That Only Come with Age and Practice

Walter Lowe

By Walter Lowe - Time and practice, practice, practice count as much or more than formal instruction in becoming an expert at therapy or just about anything else—medicine, law, carpentry, fire-fighting, or violin-playing. The longer you've been at it, the more deeply knowledgeable and skilled at the work you're likely to be.

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VIDEO: Dan Siegel on the Therapist's Mission in the Modern Age

Attending to How We Relate to Each Other and the Planet

Dan Siegel

In this video clip from his 2015 Networker Symposium Keynote address, "Healing and Hope in the Human Age," psychiatrist and bestselling author Dan Siegel explores how human consciousness can evolve to meet the unprecedented challenges we face on a planet we're altering in ways never before contemplated.

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VIDEO: Bill Doherty on the New Challenges of Social Engagement

Being an Effective, Ethical Therapist in an Age of Political Upheaval

William Doherty

What does it mean to be a dutiful citizen and an effective therapist in the modern day? This is the central question Bill Doherty posed in his keynote address at the 2017 Networker Symposium. In the following video clip from that speech, Doherty explains how we can effectively and ethically deal with political stress in the consulting room.

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What Writers and Therapists Have in Common

Rekindling Our Moral Imagination and Courage

Mary Pipher

By Mary Pipher - Both good writing and effective therapy rely on the ability to move beyond the self to understand how the world looks and feels to another person. Here, an author and psychotherapist argues that this quality of "moral imagination" is crucial to our ability to face the enormous challenges that face us, not only in our consulting rooms, but in the wider world we share with one another.

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Finding (and Marketing) Your Therapy Passion

3 Ways to Define Your Niche and Clarify Your Practice

Dick Anderson

By Dick Anderson - Defining your niche is an essential exercise for everyone, novice or experienced, who intends to market a product or service. Ironically, most of us haven't been encouraged to think through what makes us unique in our profession. Here are three suggestions to keep in mind when considering what's special about you and your services.

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Psychotherapy of the Heart

Seeing the Therapy Relationship as "Soul to Soul" Rather Than Role to Role

Joan Borysenko

By Joan Borysenko - In this selection from her 2017 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium Keynote address, Joan Borysenko, a pioneer in the integrated healthcare movement, emphasized the importance of therapist self-care and the fundamental principle that “we can’t give to another that which we don’t have ourselves.”

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Therapy Outside Your Comfort Zone (and Zip Code)

How a Trip to Nepal Uncovered a Professional Calling

Jeffrey Kottler

By Jeffrey Kottler - Each year, thousands of poor Nepalese girls "disappear" from their villages. On an impulse, an American therapist winds up devoting himself to ending these disappearances.

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Take It or Leave It

The Therapy of Carl Whitaker

Rich Simon

By Rich Simon - Carl Whitaker was family therapy’s master of the absurd. This Networker profile described him in action demonstrating his belief that the unsocialized inner world of fantasy and impulse is a source of creativity to be defended against society’s abnormal normality.

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From Liberated Self to Connected Self

A Therapist's Journey through Key Cultural Moments in Our Field's History

William Doherty

By William Doherty - What follows is my take on the last 40 years of psychotherapy, reflecting the attitudes common within my generation of therapists. But beyond describing my own experience, it’s an attempt to offer the perspective that time and reflection make possible about what I now see as the intimate relationship between what goes on within the seeming sanctuary of therapists’ offices and the hurly-burly of the wider culture.

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Change the Way You Learn

Communities of Practice Could Be Your Pathway to Clinical Mastery

Ryan Howes

By Ryan Howes - As therapists, we often lead isolated professional lives, seeing client after client without meeting regularly with our colleagues to talk openly about our work, ask questions, or share ideas. In the following interview, Etienne Wenger, a groundbreaking social-learning theorist, explains how and why we should change this.

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