March/April 2021

Editor's Note

March/April 2021
This issue of the Networker came together because of the great love so many people feel for Rich Simon. As soon as we put out word of his death, the messages poured in from people wanting to celebrate his inimitable “Rich-ness” and convey how deeply he influenced their work. We couldn’t possibly include them all here, but, in a very real way, everyone who cared for Rich and the community he created has inspired this tribute. It’s one we never dreamed we’d have to put together, but we hope it captures his buoyant spirit, his quiet bravery, and his enormous heart.
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On the Death of My Friend

A Reflection on Bipolar Disorder and Suicide

March/April 2021
Helping our community understand the suicide of one of modern psychotherapy’s most cherished public figures.
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Covering Psychotherapy

The Evolution of a Life's Work

March/April 2021
Every decade, on the anniversary of the Networker, Rich reflected on the trends and trajectories he’d witnessed in the field. This piece tells the story, in his own words, of his life’s work documenting therapy’s ever-changing landscape and the wider culture that shapes it.
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The Great Appreciator

Just One of the Many Rich Simons

March/April 2021
Sometimes the act of describing something vague or giving it a name dispels the vagueness and makes it come alive. “Naming something” was probably Rich’s guiding principle.
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A Voyage Through Our Craft

Editor’s Notes and Symposium Intros from over the Years

March/April 2021
In his Editor’s Notes and Symposium speeches, Rich always told a story, one that drew from his own life while capturing a collective momentum in the field. This buffet of his writings from over the years showcases not only his unique insights, but the humor with which he offered them.
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Reflections on Rich

Friends Celebrate His Life and Legacy

March/April 2021
Sharing how Rich Simon impacted our lives—and the field as a whole.
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Celebrating the Creative Journey

A Writer's Remembrance

March/April 2021
Even for seasoned writers, being edited by Rich wasn't an easy process, but it led them to the murky, half-buried thing waiting below the surface—the thing that actually mattered.
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Soul Work

Recovering Our Voices

March/April 2021
Almost 20 years ago, an editorial experience writing about a racial trauma at the hands of police resulted in a lasting friendship and an article that Networker readers voted into the All-Time Top 10.
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A Legacy of Living with Courage

Discovering the Watchful Heart

March/April 2021
The legacies of extraordinary people we’ve lost invite us to embrace the examples they’ve left behind. But how exactly do we do it?
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The Grief We Hold

Loving in the Midst of Loss

March/April 2021
Our soul and our psyche know how to grieve. We don't need to learn it. It's not a technique. What we need to learn is not to avoid it.
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Practice Tools - March/April 2021 Issue

Reflecting on Hardship & Taking a Self-Compassion Break

March/April 2021
This issue's practice tools to use with clients right away.
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March/April 2021
Remembering Rich Simon
Celebrating a Legacy