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The Therapy of Carl Whitaker

September/October 1985
Carl Whitaker was family therapy’s master of the absurd. This Networker profile described him in action demonstrating his belief that the unsocialized inner world of fantasy and impulse is a source of creativity to be defended against society’s abnormal normality.
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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

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A New Turn in the Road: Life at 94

May/June 2017
The life of a seemingly frail 94-year-old takes a surprising turn.

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Broken Heart Syndrome: Can It Run in the Family?

July/August 2017
Can broken hearts run in a family?

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A Squeeze of the Hand: What Does a Son Owe His Mother?

September/October 2017
After a lifetime of conflict, a son faces the question of what he owes his mother.
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Tough Choices

November/December 2017
There comes a time in many families when there’s no choice but to face decisions that test the heart.

Remembering Salvador Minuchin

A Networker Tribute

January/February 2018
To be a young, intellectually curious therapist in the 1960s and ’70s was to fall under the spell of the new systems practitioners, who were redefining what psychotherapy was all about. And no one embodied this new way of practicing the clinical craft with more skill, creativity, and chutzpah than Salvador Minuchin. In light of his recent passing, we pay tribute to his influence on several generations of therapists.

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Kinship without Connection: Family Means More than Shared DNA

January/February 2018
Does sharing DNA with a total stranger automatically make him family?

The Power of Apologizing

What It Takes to Really Be Sorry

March/April 2018
Unlike the faux public apologies from men accused of sexual misconduct that 2017 will likely be remembered for, our private apologies have the potential to heal broken connections and restore trust. But an apology that opens the door to forgiveness and healing for serious harm is a long-distance run that requires courage, clarity, and integrity.
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Living Backward and Forward: In Search of the Stories that Bind Us

March/April 2018
In search of the stories that can bind a family together.
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