Editor's Note


May/June 2011


Bridging Our Professional Islands

The Networker has always been a community affair. From our first issue, every glimmer of an idea for an article or theme of this magazine has been a group process with one common goal in what might be called the collective Networker mind: to make it the best magazine we can possibly produce. Every word you read has been conceived by authors (many of them old Networker hands) and editors in tandem, written, perused by several pairs of beady, critical eyes, and filtered by demanding, skeptical brains; rewritten, and often re-rewritten two or three more times; then copy-edited, trimmed, buffed, and polished until, finally, we must reluctantly forgo the ideal of absolute perfection just so we can get the damn issue printed and mailed.

Even 30 years ago, when we called ourselves The Family Shtick, we realized that if we wanted to publish a successful therapy magazine—that purposely was not an academic journal—we had to go beyond accurately reporting on different theories and models, regardless of how worthy. We had to make the magazine something people read because they wanted to, not because they felt that, for professional reasons, they should. It’s always been a kind of communal mantra that what we publish in the Networker adheres to George Orwell’s five rules of effective writing: avoid cliché, never use long words when short ones will do, use as few words as…

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