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Kendall’s Prom: A Special Daughter’s Special Night

July/August 2016
An young woman with autism celebrates a very special night.

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The Voices We Hear: Giving up the Illusion of Specialness

May/June 2016
A big part of growing up is letting go of our need to prove to the world, and ourselves, that we're special.

What's Your Most Memorable Therapeutic Moment?

Six Master Clinicians Share Their Reflections

May/June 2016
Of all the meaningful sessions that take place in a therapists's career, what makes certain ones stand out? We asked six widely respected clinicians to tell the story of a particular experience that lives on for them. This special feature collects those tales of taking creative leaps in the dark and stumbling toward insight.
  • "Crossing to Safety" by Courtney Armstrong
  • "Happy New Year?" by Ron Taffel
  • "Keeping the Faith" by Mary Jo Barrett
  • "In the Valley of the Shadow" by Margie Nichols
  • "The Uninvited Guest" by Hedy Schleifer
  • "The Found and the Lost" by Terry Real

From Attachment to Creativity

Highlights from the 2016 Sympoium

May/June 2016
At a time in which our society seems immersed in a toxic stew of fear and anger, this year's Symposium provided a celebration of human values and ideas that seem to be vanishing from our public discourse. Here's a taste of a few of its particularly stellar moments.
  • "Our Trichotillomania of the Soul" by Rich Simon
  • "The Path of Surprise and Discovery" by David Whyte
  • "The View from Black America" by Kenneth Hardy
  • "The Dance of Sex" by Susan Johnson
  • "The Wisdom of Mad Men" by William Doherty
  • "How Hard Times Can Open the Heart" by Rick Hanson
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The Last Dance: Awakening a Mother’s Joyful Spirit

January/February 2016
Toward the end of her life, a woman turns back the clock by performing the goofy ballet of her youth.

In Search of the Big Story

Learning to Ask the Beautiful Question

January/February 2016
This March, poet, storyteller, and philosopher David Whyte—this year’s Symposium keynoter—returns to Washington DC to share his wisdom. Whyte specializes in helping people make sense of their life’s journey in a way that ordinary psychology can’t. In his latest book, he uses redefinitions of some familiar words to jog us awake and say, “Open your eyes! Watch! Listen! Smell! Pay attention!”

Family Matters

Saturdays Lost: Revisiting a Bittersweet Ritual

November/December 2015

Moments of Meaning

Unexpected Lessons from Practice

September/October 2015
Three clinicians share stories of challenging cases that show how the most surprising outcomes often have nothing to do with therapeutic brilliance or technical wizardry.

Family Matters

A Palm under the Moon: A grandpa’s love story

September/October 2015

Writing on Water

A Diary of Riding Out the Storm

July/August 2015
A therapist discovers what it means to be fully present, even in the face of the terrifying prospect of a declining mind.
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