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The Politics of Mental Health

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
Pioneering trauma specialist Bessel van der Kolk took aim not only at the politics within the therapy field that determine what diagnoses get into the DSM, but the politics in the larger arena that lead people to ignore the prevalence of trauma in society.
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Point of View

The Suicide Epidemic

September/October 2018
Author and therapist Kay Redfield Jamison explores what we can do to address the suicide epidemic.

Case Study

Navigating the Bipolar Spectrum: Diagnosing Mood Disorders Requires Great Care

March/April 2017
Diagnosing and treating mood disorders can be tricky, especially when it comes to an often overlooked, subtle form of bipolar II.

Then, Now & Tomorrow

Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017

January/February 2017
A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field. 
  • Trauma: Retreats and Advances  BESSEL VAN DER KOLK 
  • Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven  JOHN GOTTMAN 
  • Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty  SALVADOR MINUCHIN 
  • Family Violence: Out of the Shadows  MARY JO BARRETT 
  • Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out  JOHN PRESTON 
  • Race Matters: How Far Have We Come?  KENNETH HARDY 
  • Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain  DANIEL SIEGEL

Point of View

When Talk Isn’t Enough: Easing Trauma’s Lingering Shock

July/August 2014

Pioneering trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk shares his thoughts on the differences between public and private trauma.

The Debate Over DSM-5: A Step in the Right Direction

A Step in the Right Direction: An Interview with Darrel Regier

March/April 2014
The vice chair of the DSM-5 Task Force is bemused that the release of what was intended to be a more accurate and rigorously researched manual has raised such an uproar.

Depathologizing The Borderline Client

Learning to Manage Our Fears

May/June 2013
Inevitably, given their history of trauma, many borderline clients will trigger their therapists from time to time. But forgoing the urge to blame these clients and taking responsibility for what’s happening inside you can become a turning point in therapy.

In Consultation

Mentalization: Something New or Just Old Wine in New Bottles?

March/April 2013
Is “mentalization” a breakthrough in our understanding of the mind, or just a rehash of old ideas?

Living With The Devil We Know

We May be Anxious, but Not to Change

January/February 2013
As therapists, we typically assume that a person suffering from severe anxiety is eager and motivated to receive the help we offer. But we should never naively underestimate clients’ hidden antipathy to change, despite their discomfort.
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Clinician's Digest IV

What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?

November/December 2012
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