Terminal Illness and the Choice to Die
A number of states have passed legislation giving terminal patients the option of medical aid in dying. What therapists need to know about helping patients and families as they move through that emotionally fraught process.
The Last Joke: The Pathos of a May-December Marriage
A shared sense of humor can help couples make heavy issues feel lighter. But what happens when there’s no one there to get the joke?
How We Can Better Protect Victims of Domestic Abuse
A new book explores the devastating patterns of fear, shame, and secrecy that perpetuate intimate partner violence and too often escalate to murder.
From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019
"In one session, she said that her life outside of therapy was going great, and seeing me was her main problem."
BONUS Video: Watch Malcolm's full keynote from Symposium 2019
In his many bestselling books, author Malcolm Gladwell has achieved renown for upending conventional thinking about the forces that shape people’s lives. His keynote, beginning with a surprising look at poet Sylvia Plath's suicide, underscored the Symposium theme of the interplay of social and personal issues.
Coming Face to Face with Our Ancestors
For decades, Bert Hellinger and his Family Constellations approach have been a lightning rod for controversy. But the latest research on epigenetics and the multigenerational impact of trauma have given new credibility to some of the underlying principles of this work.
Ketamine: The Latest Wonder Drug?
Even as ketamine’s popularity continues to rise for depression treatment, it’s still fighting an uphill battle for clinical acceptance.
In the Aftermath of Suicide: The Long Journey to Healing
In the wake of a loved one’s suicide, therapists must have the patience to sit with clients as the slow and painful process of healing unfolds. CASE COMMENTARY by Douglas Flemons.
The Healing Power of Expressive Arts
Aliveness is not an experience we think or talk ourselves into; it’s a state of being we feel in our bodies. An expressive arts therapist shows how creativity, movement, and play can help traumatized clients find their way toward vitality and healing.
Where the Trauma Never Ends: Inside Chicago’s Urban War Zones
Chicago’s inner city has long been termed an “urban war zone.” A new book by acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz reveals the personal stories of trauma and grief, as well as solace and support, that unfold over one summer.
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