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Editor's Note

May/June 2015
Throughout history, for most people it was just expected that work was a difficult, tedious, underpaying, and often soul-killing grind. But in today’s world, something we call “burnout”—that mélange of weariness, depression, and apathy, seasoned with a tincture of cynicism—has become as pervasive as the common cold.
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Burnout Reconsidered

What Supershrinks Can Teach Us

May/June 2015
An entire industry has sprung up to address the problem of compassion fatigue, but research indicates that the most commonly proposed answer, improved self-care, doesn’t work. In fact, the study of the most highly effective clinicians suggests that burnout isn’t related to caring too much, but continuing to care ineffectively.
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The Road To Mastery

What’s Missing from this Picture?

May/June 2011
Therapists usually enter the field because they’re drawn to it and have innate capacities to do the work. But whether they excel depends largely on their professional community. Unfortunately, current psychotherapy practice doesn’t foster excellence as much as mediocrity, inertia, and an intense fear of change.

What Therapists Want

It’s Certainly Not Money or Fame!

May/June 2011
A close-up look at a 20-year, multinational study that captures the heart of therapists’ aspirations---and perhaps the soul of our professional identity.

Editor's Note

Are Supershrinks Born or Made?

November/December 2007

Supershrinks

What's the Secret of Their Success?

November/December 2007
Why do some therapists clearly stand out above the rest, consistently getting far better results than most of their colleagues? According to the research, it isn't training, experience, theory, personality style, or even raw talent that makes the difference.

How Being Bad Can Make You Better

Developing a Culture of Feedback in Your Practice

November/December 2007
Regularly using a few simple feedback measures—plus paying close attention to your failures—can make you a better therapist.

The Art of Therapeutic Conversation

November/December 2005

How Psychotherapy Lost Its Magick

The Art of Healing in an Age of Science

March/April 2017
Studies show more people pay for the services of advisors claiming special powers than see mental health practitioners. How can mentalists and mediums be flourishing at a time when therapists—trained and sanctioned to care for people’s emotional well-being—are struggling to inspire confidence? In an effort to improve therapists’ efficacy, two researchers find themselves on an unexpected path.
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