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Survival Skills

Chicago Gang Members Take a Challenging Leap

January/February 2019
In one violent Chicago neighborhood, embattled gang members see themselves as UPOWs—urban prisoners of war. To introduce them to a new set of survival skills, a therapist specializing in complex trauma helps take them off the streets and into the wilderness. Can her unlikely approach, which at times resembles a seminar on brain science, make a real difference in their lives?
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Always on Call

When Disaster Strikes, Jim Gordon Gets to Work

January/February 2019
Wherever people have been uprooted and stripped raw by the devastating force of war, sudden violence, or natural disaster, you’re likely to find Jim Gordon at work. For 25 years, he’s been bringing the tools of mind–body healing to trouble spots around the globe. His goal? To make himself unnecessary.

Case Study

Weiwei and the Spider: Translating Problems into Skills to Learn

January/February 2019
An approach that emphasizes acquiring skills rather than focusing on problems helps a young boy in China tackle his problems at school.

Point of View

Theater as Therapy: Can Shakespeare Heal the Trauma of War?

January/February 2019
Stephen Wolfert’s De-Cruit program is giving vets a chance to heal the trauma of war in creative ways.
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The Masculinity Paradox

What Does It Mean to Be a “Real” Man Today?

January/February 2019
The #MeToo movement has returned the field to many of the issues feminists raised decades ago. This time, however, there’s a new focus on avoiding us-versus-them thinking and exploring the great terra incognita of couples work—the inner world of men and their vulnerability. *Includes an interview with Esther Perel.

No More "Same Old"

Young Clients Are Leading Therapists to New Places

November/December 2018
As they’re about to surpass baby boomers as the largest generation, millennials are coming to dominate the population of therapy consumers. But their impact goes beyond sheer numbers. With sometimes startling directness, they’re demanding that their therapists become even more “real” and disclosing, whether therapists are comfortable being that unguarded or not.
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Bumps in the Road

Accompanying Young Clients Through Life’s Transitions

November/December 2018
Many young people transitioning into the uncertainties of adulthood today are feeling more scared and alone than ever. One therapist has discovered that a key to helping them navigate the inevitable bumps of new challenges is being part of their journey over the long haul.
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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.

The Man Who Became an Adjective

No One Writes about Psychology Like Malcolm Gladwell

November/December 2018
No one writes about psychology with more irresistible readability—and book sales—than 2019 Symposium featured speaker Malcolm Gladwell.

In Consultation

Health Comes in All Sizes

November/December 2018
A paradigm shift around weight and wellness is taking on old stigmas.
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