January/February 2012

Editor's Note

Kids These Days

January/February 2012
The old compact between family and society—each doing its part to protect and promote the whole—seems to be badly strained, if not flat-out broken. Thus, the semi-facetious question on our cover, “Are Parents Obsolete?” alludes to deadly serious challenges not just to parents, but to the entire institution of parenting itself.
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The Decline And Fall Of Parental Authority

and What Therapists Can Do About It

January/February 2012
American parents today face a perfect storm of cultural and social circumstances that undermine the very foundations of parental authority. In response, mothers and fathers are beginning to see therapists as irrelevant and to challenge the entire social, educational, and economic context of childrearing.
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The Parent Circle

Tapping the Wisdom of True Experts

January/February 2012
Traditional approaches to helping parents too often fail to address their profound sense of disempowerment and frustration. It’s time to find new ways to help mothers and fathers develop supportive communities outside of therapy.

Brain-Based Parenting

What Neuroscience is Teaching Us About Connecting With Our Kids

January/February 2012
Our growing understanding of attachment and the processes that shape the parenting brain are opening new possibilities for helping stressed-out parents who are turned off to their own children.

Psychotherapy At The Crossroads

A New Vision of Integrative Mental Health

January/February 2012
An alternative to the old talking cure is expanding the knowledge base of psychotherapy as we recognize the role that exercise, nutrition, spirituality, mind-body approaches, and lifestyle can play in enhancing our clinical effectiveness.

Clinician's Digest

Mental Health Systems Under Stress

January/February 2012
- Mental health systems under stress - The timing of trauma treatment - The revolt against DSM-5

In Consultation

It’s More Complicated Than That: Probing the complexities of the antidepressants debate

January/February 2012
The recent spate of negative research findings and unfavorable media coverage of antidepressant drugs have obscured some important clinical issues.

Case Study

Beyond Clinical Correctness: Unearthing the logic of the client’s solution

January/February 2012
An understanding of the unconventional ways people demonstrate resilience is important in helping us avoid pathologizing clients and stop believing there’s only one clinically “correct” way to help them.

Point Of View

Learning How to Learn: Communities of Practice can reveal new paths to excellenc

January/February 2012
While therapists often lead quite isolated professional lives, social-learning theorist Etienne Wenger has shown how a community of practice is perhaps the crucial ingredient in the development of a skilled clinician.

Bookmarks

A Bond Like None Other: Sometimes proximity isn’t the same as closeness

January/February 2012
Exploring the complex fabric of an often poorly understood family bond that shapes us, in one way or another, throughout our lives.

Family Matters

The Sadness Ghost: A 6-year-old discovers the power of his imagination

January/February 2012
It’s not necessarily that sadness must always be avoided, but maybe we need to find a way to give it its place.
January/February 2012
Are Parents Obsolete?
Confronting the dilemmas of 21st-century childrearing