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Political Correctness v Therapeutic Correctness

January/February 1992
When Networker film critic and in-house provocateur Frank Pittman wrote this piece 25 years ago, the concept of “political correctness” was just beginning to seep into our national consciousness. With an iconoclast’s passion and a dash of dry wit, he cataloged the hazards of PC thinking for the field of psychotherapy—and for the souls of therapists themselves.
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Welcome to the Postmodern World

Tired of Your Old Reality? There Are Plenty More to Choose From.

September/October 1991
Over the past four decades, a new word entered our lexicon—postmodernism—the awareness of the multiplicity of many possible realities, along with the increasing difficulty of believing in the importance of any one. Therapists, as usual, had a front row seat on the psychological uncertainty of living in a “postmodern society.”
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The Shadow of a Doubt

The False Memory Debate Strikes at the Heartof Our Belief in a Just World

September/October 1993
For many clinicians, the false memory debate of the 1990s was a chilling experience, rife with accusations that therapists had “implanted” fictitious memories of child sexual abuse in the minds of clients. This piece, part of an issue nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence, plunged us into the many dimensions of this debate—the bizarre, the dreadful, the bewildering, and the deeply sad.
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Editor's Note

January/February 2017

January/February 2017
This look back at the last 40 years of this magazine and our profession comes at a time when we could all use perspective on what we’ve learned from the challenges of the past—both within and outside the consulting room—and how to best face the difficult trials and out-of-the-blue twists and turns of the next 40.
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Psychotherapy's Pilgrimage

Shaping the Consciousness of Our Time

January/February 2017
Despite what grad school textbooks may imply, therapy movements are more than a set of theories and techniques. They’re about what it means to be a human being at a particular time amid all the forces that shape a culture. Here, a therapist who entered the field at the same time the Networker made its debut brings to life 40 years of the key moments in psychotherapy’s unfolding, exploring both how the field was influenced by social changes and how the consciousness of our times—and our view of what it means to be a fully realized person—have been transformed by the intimate conversations that take place in our consulting rooms.
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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

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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Clinician's Digest

Healing after the Election: What Therapists and Their Minority Clients Are Saying

January/February 2017
What minority clients are saying to their therapists after the election, and how therapists are responding.

The Immigrant's Odyssey

Trauma, Loss, and the Promise of Healing

March/April 2017
Immigration is often a trauma that leaves indelible marks on those who’ve left behind family, cultural values, and status. Perhaps more than any other client population, immigrants need a therapeutic space to understand the inner transformation their continuing journey requires.

Clinician's Digest

Therapists Answer the Millennial Question

March/April 2017
Therapists respond to the increasingly popular notion that we have a Millennial crisis on our hands.
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