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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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Case Study

A Cure for the Yips: Brainspotting and Performance Blocks

November/December 2015
Traumatic experiences are often the root of athletic and other kinds of performance blocks.

Case Study

Rediscovering Happiness: The Use of Positive Childhood Triggers in Psychotherapy

May/June 2015
To create deep change, we need to help people mine the sources of intense pleasure in their lives, wherever they may find them.

It Takes a Community

Therapy-As-Usual Can't Serve the Needs of Our Returning Troops

November/December 2010
Our standard psychotherapeutic paradigm is unequal to the mammoth challenge of serving the troops who've served in Iraq and Afghanistan. What's needed is a public health perspective that taps into the power of community healing.

The Language of the Nervous System

The 5 TRM Self-Stabilization Skills

November/December 2010

The Case for Energy Psychology

Snake oil or therapeutic power tool?

November/December 2010
A wizened, seen-it-all psychologist describes how he came to embrace an approach that much of the orthodox psychotherapy world considers the latest incarnation of snake oil.

The Long Shadow of Trauma

Childhood Abuse May Be Our Number One Public Health Issue

March/April 2010
As the battles and controversies over the forthcoming DSM-V heat up, a determined group of trauma experts and researchers are mounting a passionate challenge to our thinking about trauma, its long-term impact, and its treatment.

Clinician's Digest

Virtual Reality Therapy

March/April 2010

Crisis Land

A View From Inside A Behavioral Health Team

May/June 2007
Attending to clients' mental health issues as part of a behavioral health team can be both stressful and exhilarating.
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