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Discoveries from the Black Box

How the Neuroscience Revolution Can Change Your Practice

September/October 2002
Increasingly, therapists are trying to make sense of the cavalcade of neuroscientific discoveries regularly trumpeted in the research literature and the popular press. What will the rapidly expanding understanding of the brain mean for our traditionally low-tech profession?

Brain to Brain

New Ways to Help Couples Avoid Relapse

September/October 2002
More than just a high-tech explanation for why couples fight, make up, and drift apart,  the new affective neuroscience provides a rough but valuable guide to helping couples protect their relationship for the long haul.

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.

Point Of View

Is Technology Changing Our Minds? What Therapists Need to Know in the Digital Age

May/June 2013
Psychiatrist and neuroscientist Gary Small on what therapists should know about how technology is altering our brains, for both good and ill.

Bookmarks

Examining the Science of Torture: The Price of Coercive Interrogation

March/April 2016
Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation. A startling new book exposes how much more the military’s embrace of enhanced interrogation tactics in the war on terror was influenced by Hollywood, rather than scientific evidence.
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The Power of the Unexpected

In Therapy, Both Ritual and Novelty Matter

May/June 2016
The brain endlessly churns out predictions about what will happen next, and when it comes to therapy outcomes, these expectations matter.

In Consultation

Responding to Extreme Trauma Symptoms: How Neuroscience Can Help

November/December 2016
How an understanding of the brain can inform our trauma interventions.

Then, Now & Tomorrow

Oral Histories of Psychotherapy 1978-2017

January/February 2017
A group of innovators and leaders look back over different realms of therapeutic practice and offer their view of the eureka moments, the mistakes and misdirections, and the inevitable trial-and-error processes that have shaped the evolution of different specialty areas within the field. 
  • Trauma: Retreats and Advances  BESSEL VAN DER KOLK 
  • Couples: In Search of a Safe Haven  JOHN GOTTMAN 
  • Systems Therapy: The Art of Creating Uncertainty  SALVADOR MINUCHIN 
  • Family Violence: Out of the Shadows  MARY JO BARRETT 
  • Psychopharmacology: The Jury Is Still Out  JOHN PRESTON 
  • Race Matters: How Far Have We Come?  KENNETH HARDY 
  • Neuroscience and Therapy: The Craft of Rewiring the Brain  DANIEL SIEGEL

Turns in the Road

Highlights from the Networker Journey

January/February 2017
Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Networker over the past four decades, we’ve chosen a small sampling that captures the magazine’s most journalistic side, conveying not so much the eternal verities of our profession, but the sense of reading a first draft of the field’s history. Among other things, you’ll find therapeutic methods that, as exciting as they seemed at the moment, didn’t stand the test of time as well as initial forays into discussing complex issues we’re still struggling with today. We’ve also added in a few examples of writing so immediate and compelling that they have an air of timelessness. Prepare yourself for an interesting journey.
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When All Else Fails

Stories of Vulnerability and Possibility

May/June 2017
The self-assurance of expert practitioners who publicly present their work can lead everyday therapists to believe that psychotherapy is a far more predictable craft than it actually is. The reality, of course, is much muddier. Therapists on the ground eventually learn that only one mantra applies to every case—it's more complicated than that.
  • I’m Funny and I Faint by Lynn Lyons
  • Thinking Outside the Gift by Lisa Ferentz
  • The Final Shot by Kenneth Hardy
  • First Make the Bed by Michele Weiner-Davis
  • It’s Never Too Late by Daniel Siegel
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