Editor's Note


Editor's Note

By Rich Simon

March/April 2007


Twenty-five years ago, when we began publishing the Networker, the age of the therapist-as-charismatic-guru was in full swing. Our very first issue featured a black and white drawing (we didn't have the money for anything fancier) of Milton Erickson and an article about him by Jay Haley, writing that Erickson "exuded" personal power. At the time, there were many stars in the therapy firmament who "exuded personal power"and, incidentally, challenged the way psychotherapy had been done for decades. Indeed, there were almost too many of these luminaries—Salvador Minuchin, Carl Whitaker, Murray Bowen, Virginia Satir, Mara Selvini Palazzoli, R. D. Laing, and others—for the Family Shtick, the cramped little newsletter that preceded the Networker, to contain the enthusiasm that the field felt for them. In expanding from a newsletter to a magazine, we wanted not only to have room to report on all the ferment and excitement going on in the field then, but also to introduce our readers to the real, living personalities engendering it. We also wanted to produce a well-crafted and professional magazine that was a lot more fun to read than the average, bone-dry academic journal.

This issue is, in some ways, a throwback to those earlier days, as it features the results of our special anniversary survey of the 10 most influential therapists of the past quarter-century. But while our survey offers a fascinating look at the role models who continue to…

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