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Beyond the Consulting Room

Therapists as catalysts of social change

November/December 2008
Too much is at stake these days for us to take refuge in our practices after the election. In such challenging times, therapists need to create for themselves a new professional role as agents of social change, not just critics of what isn't changing.

Journey to Rwanda

A therapist confronts the unthinkable

November/December 2008
Some years ago, Rwanda was the hellish scene of one of the most ferocious genocides in history. A therapist who traveled there reports on what it's like to confront the unthinkable.

The Bridge

Facing disaster in your own backyard

November/December 2008
When disaster strikes close to home, the emotional shock waves make business as usual impossible for both therapists and clients.

Screening Room

More than Just Frivolity: Joel and Ethan Coen Give Us the Antidote to the Happy Ending

November/December 2008
The Coen brothers specialize in redefining the rules of whatever movie genre they happen to be subverting.

The New Social Mind

Immigration and Our National Identity Crisis

May/June 2008
In our globalized, muticultural world, the individual and the family can no longer be understood solely as separate, discrete entities. Psychology must undertake an immense intellectual task if it's to remain relevant and applicable: to understand how the intersection of personal and group identity has changed and is continuing to evolve.

The Immigrant's Odyssey

Trauma, Loss, and the Promise of Healing

May/June 2008
Immigration is often a trauma that leaves indelible marks on those who've left behind family, customs, cultural values, and status. Perhaps more than any other client population, immigrants need a therapeutic breathing space to understand the inner transformation their continuing journey requires.

Living Up to the American Dream

The Price of Being the Model Immigrants

May/June 2008
The experience of Asian immigrants is often characterized as a classic rags-to-riches tale. Yet for all the stories of success and assimilation, there's another, less publicized, Asian immigrant story—one remote from the image of the idealized "model minority."

Screening Room

Hollywood and the Unwed Mother: Comedy is a Window on Our Social Mores

May/June 2008
Some comedies about unwed motherhood reveal deeper truths about those subjects we can laugh about and those we can't.

Editors Note

May/June 2008
This issue doesn't present new treatment models, therapeutic answers, or easily learned strategies for becoming a multicultural specialist. Instead it poses the larger question of how psychotherapy might illuminate the transnational, transcultural currents that increasingly underlie conflicts in the U.S. and around the world.
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Blood and Guts

Violence is Central to Some of the Year's Best Films

March/April 2008
By Frank Pittman - While lions and sharks go into frenzy at the smell of blood, at the sight of blood, moviegoers seem to experience a heightening of all emotions, sometimes recoiling from the horror, but more often anticipating the danger to follow. Violence and blood on the screen, even more than naked people coupling, grabs our attention and makes us perk up our ears and feel our own vulnerability, like rabbits sensing danger.
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