March/April 2014

Editor's Note

DSM, Psychotherapy's World Almanac

March/April 2014
Even though the grumbling about DSM-5 does seem to have reached some kind of tipping point, it isn’t clear at all what alternative would be any better. Nevertheless, this issue of the Networker grapples with the question of whether we’re nearing the end of the usefulness of a 150-year-old paradigm for thinking about both mental and physical illness.
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The Cult of DSM

Ending Our Allegiance to the Great Gazoo

March/April 2014
Labeling clients with DSM diagnoses is a ritual most of us perform to get reimbursed and pay our mortgages, but few of us actually believe in. Has the time finally come for us to take our dissatisfaction with the DSM seriously and turn it into something more than a bitter complaint?
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The Book We Love to Hate

Why DSM-5 Makes Nobody Happy

March/April 2014
From small insignificant beginnings in 1952, when almost nobody read it, DSM has become a kind of sacred literary monster. Today, it’s the most detested and certainly the most debated mental health classification scheme ever devised.
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The Debate Over DSM-5: A Step Backward

A Step Backward: An Interview with Allen Frances

March/April 2014
As the man responsible for the previous edition, the foremost critic of DSM-5 is perhaps the last person you’d expect to trash this latest, biggest version.
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The Debate Over DSM-5: A Step in the Right Direction

A Step in the Right Direction: An Interview with Darrel Regier

March/April 2014
The vice chair of the DSM-5 Task Force is bemused that the release of what was intended to be a more accurate and rigorously researched manual has raised such an uproar.

Shedding Light on DSM-5

The View from the Trenches

March/April 2014
While the polemical debates over the new DSM have received widespread coverage, the reactions of ordinary clinicians have yet to receive much scrutiny.

Soft Shock Therapy

The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable

March/April 2014
Using humor to help clients reconstruct their problems, even to the point of making parodies of their own dilemmas, can help some them get distance from their woes, learn to take themselves less seriously, and perhaps even gain a bit of wisdom.

Clinician's Digest

Therapists’ Perspectives on the Woody Allen Allegations

March/April 2014
Therapists’ Perspectives on the Woody Allen Allegations

In Consultation

Beyond Lip Service: Confronting Our Prejudices Against Higher-Weight Clients

March/April 2014
Therapists should not only be aware of their prejudices toward higher-weight clients, but should commit themselves to challenge those attitudes as well.

Case Study

Whose Therapy Is It Anyway? When Your Client Is Uncommitted to Change

March/April 2014
When we find ourselves haunted by a particular case, it may mean that we’re more invested in the client making changes than the client is himself.

Point of View

The Little Things: Love in the Consulting Room

March/April 2014
Barbara Fredrickson’s research on the biology of love and positivity demystifies our ideas about the role of intimacy, connection, and resilience in our lives.

Bookmarks

Mad as Hell: The End of the Era of Male Entitlement

March/April 2014

The era of unchallenged male entitlement has come to an end, and many men are mad as hell. A new book provides context to help us deal with this anger in the consulting room.

Family Matters

Reading the Lake: After 30 Years, a Sanctuary is Threatened

March/April 2014
Our heads may tell us that we need to embrace inevitable changes as we grow older, but our hearts often tell a different story.
March/April 2014
Playing The DSM Game
Do We Have A Choice?