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Practice Tools - May/June 2022

Two resources from Martha Straus's Cool, Calm, and Collected Workbook

May/June 2022
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Watch Your Colleagues Get Silly!

May/June 2022
We’ve put together a video reel of therapists sharing some of the playful moments they’ve had with clients...

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When Actions Speak Louder than Words: Creating Change Through Therapeutic Rituals

May/June 2022
When our attempts to use logic and reason fail, therapeutic rituals can help clients connect to inner resources for healing.

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Family Matters

Whose Mom Is It Anyway? Learning to Love My Mother’s Caregiver

May/June 2022
A daughter’s resentment gives way to a lesson in unconditional love.

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In Consultation

Embracing a Shared Retirement Vision: Helping Older Couples Make Rewarding Choices

May/June 2022
Helping older couples create a shared vision for their retirement years.

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Open Book

De-escalating Disputes: How Therapists Can Stop Runaway Conflict

May/June 2022
Exploring “high conflict” with a bigger picture in mind.

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Point of View

Reframing Complex PTSD: Can Trauma Symptoms Be Assets?

May/June 2022
Author Stephanie Foo discusses how she and other C-PTSD survivors have learned to adapt and even thrive.

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The Myth of the Individual

Tapping into the Relational Brain

May/June 2022
Current research indicates that we’re not walled-in, freestanding individuals. Our human brains—in fact, most mammals’ brains—are built for coregulation.

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The Playful Therapist

7 Clinicians Share Their Best Strategies

May/June 2022
In this collection, master therapists share how they’ve used humor in ways that both enliven and enrich the work of therapy.

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The Therapy Beat

Therapy Meets the Metaverse: A New Approach to Treating Young Clients

May/June 2022
A firsthand look at how a new virtual reality program is taking therapy to new places.

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Free Play with Neurodivergent Kids

Insights from DIRFloortime

May/June 2022
Is there an alternative to applied behavioral analysis for children on the spectrum?

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Taking Play Therapy Seriously

The Surprising Journey to Widespread Acceptance

May/June 2022
Many play therapists still find themselves having to explain what they do and why it works. But after more than a century, play therapy has finally come into its own.

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When Humor Hurts

What Lies Beneath a Couple’s Jokes

May/June 2022
The jokes many couples share reinforce their identity as an “us.” But there can be a dark side to humor in couples, too.

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Awakening the Playful Self

A Depressed Client Rediscovers Connection

May/June 2022
Most therapies are missing out on a fundamental tool for healing when they ignore the power of feeling playful embodiment with others. To help our clients grow into their fullest selves, we can do more than mitigate negative or enervating thoughts.

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Editor's Note

May/June 2022
If play is so vital to our health and well-being, why isn’t it emphasized more in the adult therapy world? And for those who take the leap and inject some humor into sessions, what kinds of approaches seem to work best? Here, we look at therapists’ favorite tools for engendering high spirits, the hazards of certain brands of humor, and how—when used with care—playful moments can cement the therapeutic relationship and shift a client’s perspective on their suffering.

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May/June 2022
Rediscovering Play
Are You and Your Clients Having Fun?
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You've Got to Be Kidding

The Power of Humor in Therapy

May/June 2022
Shared laughter is an attachment language. Though therapists usually engage more knowingly with tears, the exchange of brighter affect is another kind of invitation to the dance of intimacy.

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Humility First

Avoiding Transcultural Overreach

March/April 2022
There’s no recipe book when it comes to working with another culture.

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Practice Tools - March/April 2022

Uncovering Loops of Thought and Action from Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: The Workbook.

March/April 2022
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“Be Yourself—But Don’t”: Mixed Messages from a Mother to Her Gay Son

March/April 2022
What happens when loving mothers of gay sons unknowingly send them mixed messages about being themselves?

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Family Matters

The Diary Keeper: A Father Discovers What Matters Most

March/April 2022
As time rushes forward, a diary promises the chance to slow things down.

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In Consultation

Unshed Tears: Helping Kids Work through Unresolved Grief

March/April 2022
Many of the ways that children grieve differently from adults can go unrecognized and unprocessed.

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Open Book

A Vehicle of Awakening: Can Psychotherapy Be a Spiritual Practice?

March/April 2022
In The Zen of Therapy, psychiatrist Mark Epstein explores what a Buddhist therapy has offered his clients.

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Point of View

Getting Past You and Me: Cultivating the “Us” in Intimate Relationship

March/April 2022
Terry Real is on a mission: leading couples into increased intimacy by moving them beyond a culture of individualism.

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The Therapy Beat

Agitated Kids, Dangerous Punishment: Rethinking the Policy of Seclusion and Restraint

March/April 2022
Seclusion and restraint is a rare but extreme response to students deemed unruly. One parent, backed by some clinical allies, is drawing attention to its traumatic effects.

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