January/February 2021

Editor's Note

January/February 2021
Part of honoring our founder and longtime editor, Rich Simon, who passed away in November, has been to complete this issue, which explores how our current pandemic reality is affecting kids and their caregivers. As we crafted this issue together throughout the fall, we often wondered whether the challenges of 2020 would still feel relevant as 2021 arrived. Sadly, many of the questions our authors explore have become even more pressing now. 

Will the crisis we’re grappling with spur us to develop new approaches for supporting anxious kids, underserved kids, and overwhelmed schools and parents? Can we create more effective ways to help families? These challenges might seem overwhelming, but as Rich regularly reminded us, we don’t need to come up with all the answers: what’s important is that we keep asking the questions.
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Families Under Pressure

Helping Relieve Today’s Parents & Kids

January/February 2021
The pandemic has created an emotional petri dish for kids and parents who are stuck in place, terribly stressed, and feeling alone. How are families supposed to survive—much less thrive—under these unprecedented, pressure-cooker conditions?
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Bridging the Gap

School–Therapy Collaboration in Trying Times

January/February 2021
Although it’s never been easy to take oh-so-familiar systems principles and put them to work in real life, the devastating sweep of the pandemic has made collaboration between schools and therapists more important than ever.

A Turning Point for Caregivers

Discussing the Hidden Impacts of the Pandemic

January/February 2021
Our current caregiving crisis is a societal failure, not the result of one family’s shortcomings.

The Black Youth Suicide Epidemic

Confronting Misconceptions and Inequities

January/February 2021
Self-harm is not a culturally specific phenomenon, but it’s often misunderstood and overlooked in Black children by a society that forces them to grow up faster than white children.
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A Field Day for OCD?

Helping Kids Stay Grounded

January/February 2021
In this genuinely hazardous COVID-19 environment, how can therapists help kids and families reject their OCD safety rituals?

Reaching “Unreachable” Teens & Tweens

12 Tips to Get You in the Side Door

January/February 2021
Building a relationship with heavily armored, developmentally regressed, profoundly sad adolescents is no small feat. They don’t exactly let you in the front door.

IFS and Chronic Pain

Listening to Inner Parts that Hold the Hurt

January/February 2021
If most chronic pain is maintained by complex mind–body interactions, how can therapists help treat it?

The Therapy Beat

Robots in the Therapy Room?

January/February 2021
“Therapy robots” have been touted as an answer to loneliness and a new way to build social skills. But will they change the way therapists work?

In Consultation

The Transformative Power of Loss: Helping Clients Cope with Aging and Grief

January/February 2021
Facilitating bereavement support groups for aging clients.

Case Study

Gender-Affirmative Therapy: Helping Transgender Clients Begin Their Journey

January/February 2021
The key elements of gender-affirmative therapy for clients who are medically or socially transitioning.
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Point of View

Scaling Up Mental Health: Sharing Our Expertise with a Wider Community

January/February 2021
Psychologist Ali Mattu is on a mission to bring therapeutic principles to the mainstream.

Bookmarks

Beyond Normal: Our Evolving Attitudes Toward Mental Illness

January/February 2021
Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness by Richard Grinker. A new book examines how different cultures view mental illness and the stigma that persists in America.

Family Matters

Rhythm Guitar: Stepping Out of a Big Brother's Shadow

January/February 2021
Finding harmony in a difficult sibling relationship.

Practice Tools - January/February 2021 Issue

“Am I Problem-Solving, Worrying, or Ruminating?”

January/February 2021
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January/February 2021
Hanging in There
Creating Lifelines for Today’s Kids