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Sympathy For The Devil

Mendota, a Youth-Treatment of Last Resort

January/February 2013
The word psychopath distinguishes hard-bitten predators. Research shows a treatment center—run by shrinks, not wardens—has reduced new violent offenses by 50 percent. What accounts for the Mendota Treatment Center’s success?

Case Study

Treating the Dissociative Child: The Road Back from the Ultimate Loss of Self

January/February 2013
Few cases offer as eerie a therapeutic challenge as a suddenly noncommunicative child, lost in a dissociative shutdown.

Why Teens Hate Therapy

Mistakes Therapists Should Avoid

September/October 2012
It’s probably fair to say that most teens loathe the very idea of therapy. Yet, with confused and troubled adolescents needing our help more than ever, the gap between our grad school training and what works in real-life practice continues to widen.
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Case Study

How to Heal the Angry Brain: Mad Men

September/October 2012
Men with anger problems are generally highly reluctant clients who come to our offices only because they’ve gotten “the ultimatum” from their wives, girlfriends, or bosses. Fortunately, understanding the angry brain can help build their motivation for change.

Clinician's Digest IV

What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?

November/December 2012

Editor's Note

Our Emotions: Unruly, Unnerving, Invaluable

May/June 2012
This issue maps out not only what the latest science tells us about how emotion works, but also how therapists can more fully acknowledge within themselves the embodied experience of emotion in the consulting room, and consciously put it to use in clinical work. After all, psychotherapy effectiveness studies increasingly tell us that the most important factor in every approach is the connection between therapist and client.
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Connecting with the Shut-down Client

Helping A Combat Vet Face His Vulnerability

May/June 2012
Resonating with clients’ inner experience is key to working effectively with emotion in therapy. With traumatized and shutdown clients, however, it is easy to talk about, but extremely hard to do.

The Art of Hanging-In There

A Hospice Social Worker’s Take on Inside Curveballs

July/August 2012
When something is coming at you that may cause pain or self-doubt, it’s natural to want to duck.

Case Study

The Anatomy of Self-Hatred: Learning to Love Our Loathed "Selves"

July/August 2012
With stalemated cases in which the task of self-acceptance feels impossible, the therapist needs to offer more than compassion and encouragement.

The Nightgown

In Search of the Answerman

March/April 2011
A determined patient searches for therapeutic insight from an unlikely source.
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