Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 5, September/October

A Computer Affair to Remember
I LOST MY FIRST HUSBAND TO A model. I almost lost my second one to a modem, a matchbook-sized device that connects a cottage computer to the global village. The model's allure I understood. He was 40; she was not. She had platinum hair: he had a receding...
Around the Network: Oklahoma City Aftermath
DURING A WEDNESDAY morning jog last April, Oklahoma City clinical psychologist Philip Hyde heard what he thought was a sonic boom. Later that morning, on his way to work, he noticed that every car had its headlights on and the late morning rush hour...
CASE STUDIES; Adrian's Choice: Helping a Young Adoptee Decide Where He Belongs
IT WAS A BUSY AUGUST AFTERNOON WHEN THE PHONE rang. I was not taking new referrals in my pediatric practice, but my secretary urged me to consider the request. A pleasant, down-to-earth woman from the county Human Services department was on the line,...
Doing Our Homework
MICHAEL LERNER'S CALL TO ARMS at last spring's Family Therapy Network Symposium (see page 44) challenged therapists to become a greater moral force in the world and to take more responsibility for the collective good. Lerner stirred an audience of 2,500...
Do the Walls Have Ears?: Do the Walls Have Ears?
BY COMMON CONSENT, THE UNPRECEDENTED (AND SOME SAY unholy) confluence of managed care economics and cybernetic technology is revolutionizing the mental health field. Just how is not yet clear, but one thing seems obvious: vast new systems of corporate...
PERSPECTIVES; Resolved: No More Bleeding Hearts: Watching the Warfare on Welfare
REPUBLICANS ON CAPITOL HILL AND MANY democrats, too are marching toward a tough new vision of social welfare in which the poor have an obligation to society. Personal responsibility is the catchword, embodied in an array of proposals to discourage behavior...
Primer for Computer Phobic
ARE YOU SPENDING MORE TIME with your clients" paperwork than you are with your clients? Have you considered a computer program to manage your practice, but avoided doing anything about it yet because you are computer-phobic and afraid to make the time...
SCREENING ROOM; We'll Always Have Des Moines: A Romantic Fantasy for Hard-Headed People
IOWA IS A WELL-ORDERED PLACE. THE LAND IS RICH AND smells of churned butter and cow manure. The people are large and friendly; they eat two-pound steaks and don't count cholesterol. Iowans don't have affairs; they are too busy working and eating. The...
Taking the Plunge
I'M BURNED OUT," CONFESSES JANE, a 53-year-old family therapist who has been in practice for 17 years. "It's not that I feel I have nothing to give; I just want to express my creativity in some new way. But I'm afraid changing careers or starting over...
The Assault on Psychotherapy: The Assault on Psychotherapy
WHEN I GOT MY PH.D. AND STARTED A MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC in Oakland, California nearly two decades ago, most psychotherapists I knew felt lucky. We had found work that was meaningful and we faced almost no ethical conflicts between doing well and doing...
The New Visionaries: The New Visionaries
SEVEN THERAPISTS SIT AROUND THE DININGroom table of a house in suburban Maryland one blistering hot Saturday morning in July. All seasoned professionals with an average of 15 years' experience each, they've been meeting together two Saturdays a month...
The Shadow of Evil
NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO, WHEN I WAS BEGINNING WORK AS A child psychologist, one of my first patients was Shirley, a shy, 8-year-old girl who was brought to my office by her worried parents because she refused to take showers and hated the very sight and...