Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, January/February

Beauty Resurrected: How Can a Therapist Head off a Potentially Violent Client?
Till change hath broken down All things save Beauty alone. -- Ezra PoundIn Brooklyn, circa 1957--when doctors still smoked cigarettes while examining their patients in small stuffy rooms--I was in a hospital, 12 years old, dying. If I hadn't...
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CASE STUDIES; Respect in the Consulting Room: Allowing Socially Deviant Clients to Make Their Own Choices
Therapists are often faced with dealing with people--drug addicts, schizophrenics and others on the fringes of society--who live very eccentric lives. We are expected to take responsibility for helping those living on the periphery of what most people...
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Change Your Mind: Neurofeedback Opens New Frontiers in Self-Healing
Bobby sits in a leather chair, his feet propped on a footstool, his eyes on the screen of a computer monitor. He is playing a game called Space Race, and at the moment, his spaceship is leading the pack. Seated across the room, I monitor...
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CLINICIAN'S DIGEST: Therapists in Therapy
Every Clinician's Digest consists of several brief (400-500 word) articles of specific clinical relevance to therapists. For technical reasons, it is impossible to provide a Preview of the individual articles within a Digest.The subject of your search...
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FAMILY MATTERS; the Grandma Track: Earning the Right to COO over Babies
You could have fooled me. I didn't expect the satisfaction, the bliss. I used to look at photos of a colleague's grandchildren--they get shoved into one's face, you know--and say: Oh how cute. I'd be polite and indulgent, and secretly...
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FROM RESEARCH TO PRACTICE; What 'Really' Makes Couples Happy?: A Controversy Divides the World of Marital Researchers
John Gottman is the most widely respected and recognized marriage researcher in the world today. Over the past four decades, he has been responsible for a watershed change in the impact of research findings on couples therapy, illuminating...
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Getting to the Core: Mastering the Art of Therapeutic Connection
Getting to the Core Mastering the art of therapeutic connectionby Stephen GilliganAround 1975, when I was a 19-year-old psychology student, I met psychiatric wizard and hypnotherapist Milton Erickson during a five-day workshop with...
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IN CONSULTATION; the Squeaky: Don't Let Managed Care Shortchange Your Clients
Q:  I'm on several managed care panels. Even though my orientation is toward brief, solution- focused therapy, they are reluctant to authorize couples therapy. What do you suggest? A: Reviewers often tell therapists that couples therapy is "not...
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NETWORKER NEWS; between a Rock and a Hard Place: How Can a Therapist Head off a Potentially Violent Client?
Five years ago, Smyrna, Georgia, psychologist Anthony Stone encountered the kind of client that every therapist hopes--even prays--will never cross the threshold. A local police officer named Jack Garner sat down in Stone's office and told...
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SCREENING ROOM; Shame on Me, Shame on You: Empowerment Doesn't Come from Denying Our All-Too-Human Natures
SCREENING ROOM Shame on Me, Shame on You Empowerment doesn't come from denying our all-too-human natures by Frank PittmanShame, in my quaintest old Webster's , is defined as a "painful feeling or emotion excited by the exposure of that which...
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The Sky's the Limit: A Road Map from Therapy to Coaching
When I first met psychologist Ellen Ostrow three years ago at a coaching workshop I was conducting, she was on the edge of burnout. Managed care hassles had worn her down, and, after 17 years of doing therapy full time, it was "getting harder and harder...
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