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Editor's Note

July/August 2019
For a long while, most of us thought we had the signs and signals of teenage girls down: the growing obsession with friends, the pain of peer rejection, the rebellions both large and small. All that’s still going on, but in a tech-based world that can feel far more uncertain.
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Craving Device-Free Attention

Technoconflicts in Families Today

July/August 2019
Therapists are used to adolescent girls grumbling about their hovering, overinvolved parents. But these days, many have a new complaint—technoference in the home. Even as they’re tethered to their own screens, teens are wanting more, not less, of their digitally distracted parents’ attention.

Editor's Note

November/December 2018
Here, we focus on today’s young adults (many of whom bristle at the label millennials). Not only have they ushered in many of the changes taking place in the therapeutic relationship and the issues we address in therapy, but they increasingly represent the newest crop of therapists, who often have important things to teach their older, seasoned mentors about what today’s clients want and need.
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Listening to the Next Generation

Are We Hearing What They Have to Say?

November/December 2018
Admitting her bafflement with some of her millennial clients, a veteran therapist accepts her ignorance and gets advice from some of the young people in her life. Here’s how their fresh perspectives energized her practice.

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.

Getting Unhooked

Connecting with Traumatized Kids Who Push Your Buttons

September/October 2014
Most parents “loan” children their adult regulatory system beginning at birth. But developmentally traumatized teens have missed out on this opportunity when they were little. Thus, a major goal of therapy is to backfill this absolutely essential experience, which is often not an easy job.
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Case Study

Rush to Judgment: Beware of the ADHD diagnosis

May/June 2014

Part of the epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD in young children today results from a failure to understand how trauma often leads to difficulty learning in school.

Case Study

From Conflict to Alliance: A road map for family interventions

May/June 2011
There's no substitute for a clear clinical model that can guide you through the therapeutic change process.

Bungee Families

You Can Go Home Again

September/October 2009
While some warn that the conveyor belt that once transported adolescents into adulthood has broken down, other insist the increasing number of adult children living at home is less about dysfunction than the changing function of family life today.

Editor's Letter

September/October 2009
The situation of young people like my daughter and families like mine reflects one aspect of a vast change in American families, which this issue of seeks to explore. Thirty years ago, the paradigm of family life was simple and largely unquestioned: an intact nuclear family in which parents were boss, or at least they were supposed to be. As our authors point out, things are different now.

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