Community Mental Health

Point of View May 1, 2024

Prentis Hemphill: Personal Healing Meets Social Change

How Somatic Therapy Can Create a Just World

Prentis Hemphill believes justice begins with nurturing authentic, body-based feelings, so people can embody their values and spread them throughout families... Read more

Culturally-Responsive Support for the Latinx Community

A Conversation with Leslie Priscilla

Networker sits down with the founder of Latinx Parenting Leslie Priscilla as she discusses key cultural and environmental factors that may influence your... Read more

When senseless tragedy turns a child's world upside down, parents are looking for mental health support for the whole family. Read more

Decolonizing Mental Health

The Healing Power of Community

Training must go beyond the intellectual exercise of grasping the concept of racism. The real work is getting out of our chairs and going into our communities... Read more

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness

The Key to Safety and Trauma-sensitive Care

I work at a school for elementary- and middle-school kids in New York City. Counseling children and families affected by homelessness is a rapidly expanding... Read more

Symposium Highlight August 5, 2020

VIDEO: Making Talking About Race Your Work

A Therapist's Call to Action

Too many Black people are living in a wall-less prison, says therapist Ken Hardy, where they're constantly calibrating their lives based on the expectations of... Read more

Managing Confidentiality

Three Things I Learned from My Small-Town Practice

When you practice in a rural town, sometimes it can feel like everyone is connected to each other. Instead of worrying about boundary and confidentiality... Read more

Regardless of training, the most important thing a therapist can have is the strong belief that clients can get better, despite life circumstances. Read more

Point of View December 27, 2019

Community Matters

New Possibilities for Mental Health

A passionate advocate for mental health in underserved communities confronts the question, “Why don’t more black people go to treatment, and why don’t... Read more

VIDEO: Becoming a "Citizen Therapist"

Working Beyond the Consulting Room

How does your work as a therapist contribute to the wider world? It’s a question couples and family therapist Bill Doherty asks his colleagues... Read more

More Than One Way to Heal

Black Therapists Rock Member Profile

It can be tricky doing therapy in communities where the field’s reputation is mixed, and people often feel more comfortable turning to the church for help... Read more

VIDEO: Talking Race in Psychotherapy

Deran Young’s Call for Action

Deran Young of Black Therapists Rock talks to Psychotherapy Networker’s Lauren Dockett about what the field can do to fight professional isolation and... Read more

The Therapy Beat November 1, 2017

In the 12 years since Hurricane Katrina, what have mental health professionals learned about being helpful in the wake of natural disasters? Read more

Symposium Highlight October 25, 2017

VIDEO: Bill Doherty on the Rewards of Civic Commitment

Creating Space for a Conversation About Civic Commitments

Sometimes our clients have commitments to groups or causes that enrich their lives and social connections. But very often, says couples therapist Bill... Read more

Symposium Highlight July 12, 2017

Bill Doherty on the New Challenges of Social Engagement

Being an Effective, Ethical Therapist in an Age of Political Upheaval

What does it mean to be a dutiful citizen and an effective therapist in the modern day? This is the central question Bill Doherty posed in his keynote address... Read more

The Therapy Beat May 9, 2016

A grassroots effort to serve the mental health needs of veterans enables therapists to extend to their impact. Read more

Community Mental Health Today

Encompassing the Big & the Small

The promise of the community mental health movement of the 1960s, providing high-quality psychological and social services to poor families, remains unfullled... Read more

The Therapy Beat July 1, 2015

Fifteen years ago, psychotherapist Jeffrey Kottler never imagined he’d be stuffing nine duffel bags full of antibiotics and suture kits for a return trip to... Read more

Manualized psychotherapy is squeezing out people on the margins of mainstream society. Read more

Let’s unite to stand up to vested interests that have taken over the mental health system. Read more

Larger than Life

Marianne Walters Was Family Therapy's Foremost Feminist

Marianne Walters didn't invent a brilliant new therapeutic paradigm, publish a large and magisterial body of research, or establish her own unique school of... Read more

Open Book November 12, 2014

Face to Face

Virtual reality is no substitute for the real deal

Research increasingly shows that screen time is no substitute for old-fashioned human contact. Read more

Reinventing Your Life

Finding Self-Renewal in the Himalayas

Tens of thousands of miles away from his practice, a therapist accidentally discovers a new sense of purpose, unable to distinguish the act of giving from the... Read more

The Therapy Beat January 1, 2012

- Mental health systems under stress - The timing of trauma treatment - The revolt against DSM-5 Read more

Building A Culture Of Excellence

Anatomy of an Agency that Works

We all have stories about the bureaucracies that stifle clinical creativity and seem to exist primarily to generate meaningless paperwork. Here’s a tale... Read more

It Takes a Community

Therapy-As-Usual Can't Serve the Needs of Our Returning Troops

Our standard psychotherapeutic paradigm is unequal to the mammoth challenge of serving the troops who've served in Iraq and Afghanistan. What's needed is a... Read more

Rolling the Rock

Why would anyone choose a career in community mental health today?
David Dan

Beset by chronic budgetary constraints, invasive regulations, and insufficient respect from society at large, community mental health today seems a Sisyphean... Read more

Beyond the One-Way Mirror

A New Approach to Reviving Public Sector Psychotherapy
Scott Sells with Cynthia Franklin

A determined family therapist tries to revive public sector psychotherapy using Thomas Edison as his role model. Read more

Family Matters March 1, 2007


The art of facing an impossible task

A session with a homeless client recalls a long-ago lesson about accomplishing an impossible task. Read more

Challenging cases are the least of many therapists' worries these days. The Golden Age of Private Practice is coming to an end and no one is-quite sure what... Read more