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From Tough Love to Empathic Love: Teaching Parents to Earn Their Children’s Respect

September/October 2017
Helping families move past stalemates often means teaching parents to earn their children’s respect.

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

In Consultation

Don’t Hit Your Sister! Understanding the complexities of moral development

September/October 2015
How to help the concerned parents of aggressive kids understand the complexities of moral development.

The Rise of the Two-Dimensional Parent

Are Therapists Seeing a New Kind of Attachment?

September/October 2014
We used to think that disordered attachment was the result of early parental neglect or abuse. But today, has a paradoxical mix of parental overinvolvement and inattention led to a social epidemic of pseudo-attachment?
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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

Rewriting the Story: Entering the World of the Abused Child

January/February 2014
Therapists must offer abused children a different felt experience of who they are.

Challenging The Narcissist

How to Find Pathways to Empathy

July/August 2013
Given their arrogance, condescension, and lack of empathy, narcissists are notoriously difficult clients. The key to working with them is being direct and transparent about the roiling emotions they trigger in us.

Sympathy For The Devil

Mendota, a Youth-Treatment of Last Resort

January/February 2013
The word psychopath distinguishes hard-bitten predators. Research shows a treatment center—run by shrinks, not wardens—has reduced new violent offenses by 50 percent. What accounts for the Mendota Treatment Center’s success?

Why Teens Hate Therapy

Mistakes Therapists Should Avoid

September/October 2012
It’s probably fair to say that most teens loathe the very idea of therapy. Yet, with confused and troubled adolescents needing our help more than ever, the gap between our grad school training and what works in real-life practice continues to widen.
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