May/June 2014

Editor's Note

Trauma, the alluring diagnosis of the therapy profession.

May/June 2014
No other single condition tests the therapeutic relationship quite so stringently, demands so much from the clinician, or combines so many disparate treatment challenges in one messy package as the traumatized client.
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Outside the Box

Bringing Families into Trauma Treatment

May/June 2014
If we don’t open up the one-on-one therapeutic cloister, trauma sufferers may never learn how to engage in the give and take of real-life relationships. By failing to include their families, we too often fail to help them weave change into their daily lives.

When Victims Victimize Others

Some Clients Challenge our Capacity for Compassion

May/June 2014
Most therapists find it relatively easy to feel empathy for the usual hyperaroused, vulnerable trauma client. But it can be a lot tougher to remain nonjudgmental and receptive with dissociative clients who’ve done horrible things to traumatize others.
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Putting the Pieces Together

25 Years of Learning Trauma Treatment

May/June 2014
25 years ago, we believed that helping trauma survivors dig into dark and unspeakable horrors would set them free. But in this new age of trauma treatment, we aim to help our clients find the light.
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Engaging the Emotional Brain

Highlights from Symposium 2014

May/June 2014
To get through to clients in our increasingly ADD culture, therapists must learn to evoke a deeper, more visceral engagement with them. At this year’s Networker Symposium, a lineup of innovators shared their wisdom about how to do just that.

Clinician's Digest

Do Brain Games Build Cognitive Muscle? * Grim Job Prospects for Mental Health Grad

May/June 2014
Brain games and grad prospects

In Consultation

The Case for Neurofeedback: Rewiring the brain in the consulting room

May/June 2014
The increasing popularity of neurofeedback is based on the growing evidence that a wide variety of psychological disorders can be understood as firing mistakes in the brain’s electrical activity.

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.

Point of View

Brain Imaging and Psychotherapy: Why is it so controversial?

May/June 2014
For nearly 20 years, psychiatrist Daniel Amen has led a controversial crusade to make brain imaging an accepted part of psychotherapeutic practice.

Bookmarks

12 Missteps? The evidence that AA works is many steps behind

May/June 2014

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

The authors of a provocative new book argue that, despite its sterling reputation, alcoholics anonymous has one of the worst success rates in all of medicine.

Family Matters

Me and My Belly: A Lifelong Relationship

May/June 2014
A middle-aged man explores his troubled relationship with the body his genetics have saddled him with.
May/June 2014
Treating Trauma
What are we missing?