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Tuning into Attunement

How to Harness Your Social Engagement System

January/February 2018
We all know people who have the magic touch when it comes to relating to others. They can instantly connect with strangers and put people at ease without even saying a word. Therapists with this ability have a natural advantage, so are there specific behaviors we can practice to elicit trust and openness? Luckily, the answer is yes—and Stephen Porges’s polyvagal theory provides the key.
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Measuring Mercy: Uncovering the Link between Cruelty and Compassion

January/February 2018
Review: The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between
There’s a surprisingly strong link between altruism and psychopathy.

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How to Change Minds: Reasoning Will Get You Nowhere

September/October 2017
The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
When it comes to truly changing minds, reasoning will get you nowhere.

The Age of FoMO

Our Brains on 24/7 Alert

July/August 2017
Our compulsive use of digital devices is best understood as the result of their ability to tap into a deep anxiety in the human psyche about “missing out.”

The Addict in All of Us

Gabor Maté's Unflinching Vision

July/August 2017
Canadian physician Gabor Maté believes that addictive behaviors are woven into the very fabric of our materialistic society.
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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.

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

Turns in the Road

Highlights from the Networker Journey

January/February 2017
Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Networker over the past four decades, we’ve chosen a small sampling that captures the magazine’s most journalistic side, conveying not so much the eternal verities of our profession, but the sense of reading a first draft of the field’s history. Among other things, you’ll find therapeutic methods that, as exciting as they seemed at the moment, didn’t stand the test of time as well as initial forays into discussing complex issues we’re still struggling with today. We’ve also added in a few examples of writing so immediate and compelling that they have an air of timelessness. Prepare yourself for an interesting journey.
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