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A Field Day for OCD?

Helping Kids Stay Grounded

January/February 2021
In this genuinely hazardous COVID-19 environment, how can therapists help kids and families reject their OCD safety rituals?

Reaching “Unreachable” Teens & Tweens

12 Tips to Get You in the Side Door

January/February 2021
Building a relationship with heavily armored, developmentally regressed, profoundly sad adolescents is no small feat. They don’t exactly let you in the front door.

Facing the Waves

Therapy in the Surf Circle

May/June 2021
Learning to surf requires awareness, focus, and flexibility—perhaps the most essential qualities for navigating the complexities of life. For some young clients, the ocean is proving to be a powerful co-therapist.
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Hip Hop Therapy

The Healing Power of Giving Kids the Mic

May/June 2021
The process of creating beats and lyrics is rooted in therapeutic practices. At one South Bronx high school, a school social worker has traded the therapy room for the music studio.
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In Consultation

Gender-Affirmative Therapy for Kids: What Parents Need to Know

May/June 2021
Supporting transgender children doesn’t always mean rushing toward medical intervention.

Case Study

Evoking the Inner Artist: How to Replace Discomfort with Creativity

May/June 2021
Vulnerability, doubt, fear, and uncertainty—feelings most people try to avoid—are essential to cultivating creativity.

Family Matters

Relearning Parenthood: When Children Reach Adulthood, What Then?

May/June 2021
When our kids no longer need us to be problem solvers, what do we become?

Editor's Note

July/August 2021
In the therapy field, especially, we tend to view self-deception as a path to any number of bad ends, like a sense of failure when reality collides with fantasy, or making ill-begotten choices. Of course, illusions do carry these hazards, and plenty of others! But as science journalist Shankar Vedantam argues in our lead piece, perhaps we need to widen our lens beyond what’s true or not, and ask what function an illusion is serving. What are the consequences? Might there be occasions when the benefits justify the costs?
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You Can Do Anything

The Outsized Dreams of Adolescents

July/August 2021
What if we stopped looking to modify the unique functioning of the teenage brain—delusional though it may be at times—and did more to foster the creative and generative aspects of an adolescent’s alternative worldview?
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The Myth of Infallibility

A Therapist Comes to Terms with a Client’s Suicide

July/August 2021
When it comes to coping with suicide deaths, we therapists need to let go of our superhero expectations and support one another as dedicated, fallible professionals and human beings.
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