Editor's Letter


Editor's Letter

By Rich Simon

November/December 2009


In the Networker offices, our usually frantic pace achieves new levels of mania in the early fall. Even as I sit here at my computer, we're scrambling to finish up this issue and complete the vast jigsaw puzzle of our annual tribal gathering and Mardi Gras—the Networker Symposium, which attracts over 3,500 loyal conference goers and revelers each year. Along the way, in addition to tracking down the field's leading innovators and luminaries to discover what new advances deserve to be highlighted each year, we also make sure to talk to as many therapists as we can to take the pulse of our rapidly changing field.

After the jolts and uncertainties of this last stretch of our collective history, the topic that's stood out over and over in these conversations this year is how marooned and unsupported so many therapists feel in their practices. There just isn't enough time or opportunity for discussions about issues we all care about: how to develop our effectiveness and sense of mastery, what our field can do to contribute to the enormous challenges we face as a society, and what the future might hold for our old-fashioned, face-to-face, caring profession.

Rest assured, there'll be plenty of time to explore these questions in March at this year's Symposium, "Breaking Through: New Possibilities in a Time of Uncertainty" (see page 15), about which you'll be hearing a great deal in the months to come. A chance to come together and to consider the state of our…

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