Editor's Note

January/February 2007

Therapists, like college professors, are sometimes criticized for being too cloistered, spending too much time in their cozy offices. Typically, our specialty is dealing with the kind of pedestrian human problems that almost everybody experiences at least once or twice in a lifetime--depression, anxiety, marital fights. Not that the work is easy, but it usually takes place on our own turf, where we feel that we have at least some control over the process. In short, whatever its considerable challenges, the practice of therapy generally promises a certain level of safety and predictability to those who choose to ply this particular trade.

But there are those who step beyond the usual comfort zone of therapeutic practice, at the risk of finding both their personal safety and their entire worldview being challenged. Such forays into the wider world force us to reconsider the nature of our work, what our responsibilities really are, and whether we're truly up to them. This issue on war-related trauma invites us to perceive the world on a scale much larger than the comfortable precincts of our own consulting rooms.

In "Bringing the War Home" journalist Cecilia Capuzzi Simon takes us right into the brutal nastiness and misery of what's been called "the 360 degree war"--a 24/7 conflagration without front lines or time "off duty," where, every day, you see "the worst that humans can see," as one soldier puts it. Focusing on the treatment being offered the hundreds…

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