Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, March/April

Around the Network: Proposition 187
FOR THE ROMERO FAMILY OF San Francisco, the passage of California's Proposition 187 the initiative denying public educational, medical and social services to undocumented immigrants may mark the end of the precarious equilibrium they have worked for...
BOOK REVIEW; the Devil Is in the Details: Fact and Fiction in the Recovered Memory Debate
THE MYTH OF REPRESSED MEMORY: FALSE MEMORIES AND ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY ELIZABETH LOFTUS AND KATHERINE KETCHAMNew York: St. Martin's Press 336 pages, $22.95 UNCHAINED MEMORIES: TRUE STORIES OF TRAUMATIC MEMORIES, LOST AND FOUND BY LENORE TERRNew...
Caught in the Cross Fire: Caught in the Cross Fire
ON A COOL, SPRING DAY LAST APRIL, I SAT WITH OTHER reporters in a courtroom in the heart of northern California's wine country watching a family's private agony play itself out on the public stage. On the witness stand was Holly Ramona, a 24-year-old...
Forging a New Community
AS WE'VE TALKED WITH COLLEAGUES around the country about their reactions to the seismic changes the mental health professions are undergoing, we've encountered three distinct styles of response. One group, whose numbers appear to be steadily dwindling,...
Like Herding Cats
WHEN STORIES ABOUT "FALSE Memory Syndrome" (FMS) began to appear in Time magazine and elsewhere in the national media in 1992, the most striking response from therapists was none at all a sort of frightened paralysis, a hope that if nobody paid attention,...
Marshaling the Media
IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS, THE False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) has catalyzed a national debate about therapeutic accountability, denial, and the nature of memory. But it began with a painful dispute within a single family that of Pamela and Peter...
Marshaling the Media
continued from page 39 In the interview, the couple stated that they thought pedophile relationships, while never positive, could be a neutral event in a child's life, and said that condemnatory attitudes in the United States made it impossible to conduct...
No More Bells and Whistles: No More Bells and Whistles
IN ONE ANCIENT ZEN STORY, THE MASTER OF FOUR apprentice monks who are seeking enlightenment counsels them to observe strict silence. Upon hearing this, the first young monk responds impetuously, "Then I shall not say a word." The second monk then chastises...
PERSPECTIVES; P.C. Guide to Political Correctness: Helpful Hints for Those Baffled by the Cliche of the Decade
"POLITICAL CORRECTNESS" MARCHES ON, UNAFFECTED by the 1994 election results, undeterred by the indignation of talk radio hosts everywhere and undefended by practically everybody. Its latest victim is the Snap-On Tools Inc. calendar. For the past 12 years,...
SCREENING ROOM; Marmee Dearest: Susan Sarandon Has Become Our Symbol of Liberated and Liberating Motherhood
IN THE OPENING SHOTS OF GILLIAN ARMSTRONG'S gorgeous new version of Louisa May Alcott's beloved Little Women, stark black-and-white scenes of bittersweet winter in a New England town contrast with the golden light and seductive warmth of the rambling,...
Small Victories: Small Victories
AS A FIELD, OUR FASCINATION with dramatic interventions and therapeutic theater has contributed to the feelings of inadequacy many practitioners have when their own practices can't live up to the one-shot miracles they've seen on the workshop circuit....
The Overselling of Therapy: The Overselling of Therapy
WHEN MONIQUE, A FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENT, BEGAN PSYCHO-analysis with a prominent analyst in 1982, she complained of pervasive sadness, hopelessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and loss of appetite. She regularly woke up in the middle of the night,...
The View from the Other Chair
IT WAS A HOT AUGUST MORNING when Jim Beer picked me up at the office and we began the hour-long drive through Midwestern cornfields. The back of Jim's car was packed with equipment video camera, tripod, tape recorder, extra tapes and I felt like a...