Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, May/June

Bearing the Unbearable: Learn to Adjust Your Perception of Pain
The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.                               --John Milton "Why did he have to do it?" I had just learned that John, a friend and colleague, had taken his own life, leaving...
BOOKMARKS; Living the E-Life: The Boundary Is Blurring between Personal and Professional
The Age of Access: The New Culture of Hypercapitalism Where All of Life Is a Paid-For Experience By Jeremy RifkinJeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000. 302 pp. ISBN 1-585-42018-2 Reviewed by Eric E. McCollumThe Internet. E-commerce. Cyberspace. Globalization....
CASE STUDIES; Group Therapy and Residential Care: Helping Older Clients Deal with Displacement, Decline and Loss
Elderly people are often devastated when they have to leave their own homes and go into a long-term residential care facility (the fancy name for a nursing home). Facing a slew of traumatic upheavals--their health is uncertain, they have lost their...
Choosing to Fly: The Rewards of a Daily Practice of Courage
During my first year of practice I was acutely aware of an alternating current of fear and fascination that pulsed through my body each time I approached the trapeze. An hour before each session, as I was driving from my home in Sonoma to the San...
CLINICIAN'S DIGEST: Depression Comes out of the Cloakroom
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...
FAMILY MATTERS; Fish Stories: A Prodigal Daughter Rediscovers Her Mother
This is a story my mother used to tell on herself. It's about her retirement party, a crowded affair at the elementary school in west Dallas where she taught the city's poorest children for almost 20 years. She'd come to teaching late, returning...
GETTING UNSTUCK; Probing beyond the Bruises: It's Wise to Challenge Your Assumptions about Domestic Violence
Q:  I just started working with a couple and noticed the woman has bruises on her arm. When I asked her about it in private, she said she fell. Should I believe her? He doesn't seem like a man who would hit his wife. How can I assess for possible...
NETWORKER NEWS; the 23rd Network Symposium: Finding the Possible Therapist
Leaning conspiratorially toward the nearly 3,000 therapists attending the 23rd annual Family Therapy Network Symposium in March, "The Possible Therapist," Friday keynote speaker Jean Houston inquired mischievously: "Haven't you lately been feeling...
SCREENING ROOM; Raging Bulls: For Some, Violence Is the Last Bastion of Masculinity
In William Inge's play Picnic , an over-the-hill football star (played in the 1955 movie by William Holden), with nothing to his name but a pair of his father's boots, drifts into a small town and disrupts it as he acts out the violent model of masculinity...
The Breakthrough: Waking Up to Life in a Mind-Body-Spirit Group
On the day I understood that something had to change, I was sitting in a newspaper editorial meeting, feeling the slight, probing pressure behind my right eye that signaled the onset of a migraine headache. Stay cool, I firmly told myself. You can...