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VIDEO: Diane Ackerman on the Unprecedented Challenges of the "Human Age"

The World is Changing. But at What Cost?

Diane Ackerman

Between new developments in science, technology, and medicine, we live in exciting times. But according to poet, essayist, and naturalist Diane Ackerman, these advancements also come at the expense of our environment's health, and our mental health. In this video clip from her Networker Symposium keynote, she describes the unprecedented changes we're encountering, and explains what therapists can do to help us meet the new demands of a chaotic world.

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We Weren't Meant to Live in "Screenworld"

Why Therapy is the Counterculture We Need

Michael Ventura

By Michael Ventura - Nowadays, you see screens at checkout counters and laundromats, in restaurants and waiting rooms, and on the dashboards of cars and in their back seats. Isn't there something peculiarly disembodied about it? How does one find or grow a sense of centeredness amid this continually shifting screenscape? Psychotherapy, by its nature and purpose, is Counter-Screenworld.

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Fearless Foursome

The Women's Project Prepares to Pass the Torch

Rich Simon

By Rich Simon - For two decades, the members of the Women’s Project in Family Therapy were the outspoken feminist conscience of psychotherapy and, with their humor and warm camaraderie, became beloved role models in a field that had long been dominated by male leaders.

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Therapy in Post-Election America

What Therapists and Their Minority Clients Are Saying

Chris Lyford

By Chris Lyford - Therapists who work mainly with minorities say their clients have been disproportionately affected by recent politics. In response, a sense of mission has helped jumpstart many clinicians’ work in the therapy room.

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Why Torture Doesn't Work

What Neuroscience is Showing Us

Diane Cole

By Diane Cole - Using a broad swath of scientific, psychological, and medical evidence about brain function, Shane O'Mara, a professor of experimental brain research, delves into—and disproves—popular misconceptions about the brain under stress, memory, and the psychological state of torturers.

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Race Matters

How Far Have We Come? Ken Hardy Weighs In

Ken Hardy

By Kenneth Hardy - If ever there were a critical moment for constructive and courageous conversations about race, power, and privilege in our practices, communities, and the broader society, this is it.

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Feminism and Psychotherapy

Harriet Lerner on the Legacy of the Women's Movement

Ryan Howes

By Ryan Howes - For 30 years, psychologist Harriet Lerner has been one of the leading feminist thinkers within the profession, as well as an enormously successful author who brings the insights of therapy to a large general audience. In the following interview, she speaks about her body of work, and addresses the question of the continuing impact of feminism on psychotherapy today.

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What It Really Takes to Communicate with Boys

Helping Unresponsive Clients Expand Their Limited Emotional Vocabulary

Adam Cox

By Adam Cox - As we raise and support the next generation of boys, it's vital that we help them find the words to define themselves and relate to others. To do so, therapists and parents alike must go beyond the business-as-usual inquiries about thoughts and feelings to discover conversational approaches that stimulate a real connection and encourage them to open up to a broader range of verbal expression.

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VIDEO: Stephen Porges on How Trauma Affects Our Ability to Connect

The Science Behind Healthy Relationships

Stephen Porges

Stress responses aren't only vested within the sympathetic nervous system’s capacity to support fight-or-flight behaviors. There’s another defense system that’s mediated through a vagal circuit, says Stephen Porges, creator of the Polyvagal Theory. In the following video from his 2016 Networker Symposium keynote address, he explains how the vagus nerve is affected by trauma, and what this means for our ability to build meaningful relationships.

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Six Things Therapists Are Saying After the Election

. . . And Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Call Out the Chicken Littles

Chris Lyford

By Chris Lyford - Regardless of where you stand politically, it’s hard to deny that the 2016 presidential election was one of the most stress-inducing in recent history. Democrats and Republicans alike continue to wrestle with lingering anxiety and tension. But none of this comes as a surprise to most therapists, who’ve been on the front lines of treating post-election stress. Here are some valuable lessons they’ve taken away from their recent work helping clients in these post-election times. 

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