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The Problem with ‘Christmas Carol’ Therapy

Debunking the Myth of Instant Transformation

Steven Stosny

I began clinical practice some 25 years ago, firmly committed to what might be called Christmas Carol therapy. I secretly believed that change for every client was always a transformational session away.

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The Ripple Effect of Dialogue

Experience the Ongoing Conversation of State of the Art 2013

Rich Simon

That’s what’s so revitalizing about the conversations that we have in tribe—through continuing education events and in communities of practice. Unlike everyday conversations, they are ongoing and communal in a way that layers key insights about the direction of our field.

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Finding the Hero in Troubled Youth

Ken Hardy on Trauma Treatment that Taps into the Hero that Resides in All Youth

Rich Simon

In the black-and-white popular view of trauma, people who have gone through life-threatening or injurious experiences either grow up to be innocent victims or damaged villains, with little room for the shades of gray therapists frequently encounter in their work.

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Effectively Assessing the Risk of Suicide

Identifying the Inquiries to Make

Douglas Flemons

I feel unprepared to make a proper suicide assessment with my clients. I’m nervous that I’ll neglect to ask, or the client won’t tell me, something vital to making the right clinical decision. Can you recommend an objective measure for reliably determining suicidality?

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The Power of Conversation

Bringing Your Voice to the Exploration of Psychotherapy

Rich Simon

Nothing makes me feel punchier and more ill-informed than glancing at the accumulation of advertisements announcing trainings, new publications, practice trends, and research findings in my email inbox every day. But my job as editor of the Networker has given me the opportunity to regularly discover that keeping up is actually not so beyond my capabilities.

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Moving Beyond the Brain

Dan Siegel on Why the Mind, More Than the Brain, Matters in Therapy

Rich Simon

As the language of neuroscience sinks deeper into the public consciousness, the brain has become a scapegoat for explaining the mysterious behaviors, moods, and impulses that drive everyday life.

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Using Creativity to Help Blocked Clients Become "Unstuck"

How to Replace Pathology with Creativity

Lisa Mitchell

As both an art therapist and a marriage and family therapist, I believe that vulnerability, doubt, fear, and uncertainty—feelings most people try to avoid—are essential to getting unstuck in life and engaging in creative problem solving.

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A New Daily Companion in Your Practice

Introducing the Psychotherapy Networker Daily

Rich Simon

There are more than 600,000 mental health practitioners around the country, but for the most part, we might all be hidden away in cloisters for the chances we get to directly connect and learn from each other.

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Moving Clients from Resistance to Resilience

Rich Simon

Not all clients who find their way into a consulting room are there because they’re ready to change.

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Head-to-Head with Emotion

Susan Johnson on Why Labeling Clients’ Emotions Isn’t Enough

Rich Simon

Emotions can be tricky—once they enter the consulting room, it’s easy for both therapists and clients to become stuck in, overwhelmed by, and embattled with strong emotions.

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