May/June 2017

Editor's Note

May/June 2017

May/June 2017
These days, when psychotherapy is supposed to be “evidence based” and “empirically validated,” standardized and manualized up the wazoo, therapists often aren’t encouraged to be in the business of story-birthing.
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When All Else Fails

Stories of Vulnerability and Possibility

May/June 2017
The self-assurance of expert practitioners who publicly present their work can lead everyday therapists to believe that psychotherapy is a far more predictable craft than it actually is. The reality, of course, is much muddier. Therapists on the ground eventually learn that only one mantra applies to every case—it's more complicated than that.
  • I’m Funny and I Faint by Lynn Lyons
  • Thinking Outside the Gift by Lisa Ferentz
  • The Final Shot by Kenneth Hardy
  • First Make the Bed by Michele Weiner-Davis
  • It’s Never Too Late by Daniel Siegel

The Courage to Connect

Highlights from the 2017 Symposium

May/June 2017
Year after year, therapists have come to the Networker Symposium expecting to escape the turbulence of everyday life and the real world. But this year, attendees came seeking something more—a renewed vision of what we stand for and what our role might be in a toxically polarized society. Here are some of the moments that captured the distinctive flavor of this year’s gathering.
  • The Search for Connection by Rich Simon 
  • The Physics of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
  • Therapy in the Age of Trump by William Doherty
  • Psychotherapy of the Heart by Joan Borysenko
  • The Science of Consciousness by Dan Siegel
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Being There

Inhabiting the Moment with Traumatized Teens

May/June 2017
With traumatized adolescent clients, it’s emotion that gradually changes emotion—not rational explanation or interpretation, not snazzy techniques or “fake it till you make it” exhortations.

Clinician's Digest

Battling the Opioid Epidemic in Rural America

May/June 2017
How have the practitioners in rural communities been responding to America’s opioid epidemic?

In Consultation

Expanding Your Expressive Range

May/June 2017
What therapists can learn from performers.

Case Study

The Unexplored Issues: Working with Cross-Cultural Couples

May/June 2017
Cross-cultural couples face challenges that often aren’taddressed in therapy.
  • Commentary by Anita Mandley
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Point of View

Everyday Heroism

May/June 2017
Philip Zimbardo, the researcher famous for shining a light on our worst authoritarian impulses, has shifted the focus of his work.

Bookmarks

When the System Fails: Tales of the Wrongfully Convicted

May/June 2017
The waking-nightmare stories of people wrongfully imprisoned, often for decades, for crimes they didn’t commit expose the flaws in our criminal justice system.

Family Matters

A New Turn in the Road: Life at 94

May/June 2017
The life of a seemingly frail 94-year-old takes a surprising turn.
May/June 2017
What Now?
Five Therapists Face the Limits of What They Know