Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 6, November/December

Around the Network: Who's Running the Show?
NOT IN ALL THE YEARS, SINCE the culture of psychotherapy hit the big time in the early 1950s has the field been so besieged by serious threats to its economic viability, clinical freedom and professional integrity. As everybody knows, the benevolent...
Body Politics
The Anti-Anorexia League turns patients into activists.I WAS EMBARRASSED BY HOW MANY times I had to ask the caller to repeat herself. In a barely audible voice, Rose, a 28-year-old woman who had suffered with anorexia for 12 years, was calling for help....
Book Review: Prisoners of Our Metaphors
Do dialogic therapies make other methods obsolete? THERAPEUTIC CONVERSATIONS EDITED BY STEPHEN GILLIGANAND REESE PRICENew York: W.W. Norton 362pages, $34.95 THE NEW LANGUAGE OF CHANGE EDITED BY STEVE FRIEDMANNew York: Guilford Press 464 pages, $36.95...
Consultation Corner
Edited by H. Charles Fishman No Time To Waste When culture and medical needs conflict THERAPISTS TODAY ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY AWARE of the issues that arise when they see clients from cultural backgrounds very different from their own. For most of...
Extending the Conversation: Extending the Conversation
Letters from therapists to clients can be powerful tools for reauthoring lives. CONVERSATION is, BY ITS VERY NATURE, EPHEMERAL. After a particularly meaningful session, a client walks out aglow with some provocative new thought, but a few blocks away,...
Miniature Roses
A therapist finally makes the long journey home. ALTHOUGH IT CLEARLY SAID "STURBRIDGE: NEXT RIGHT," I almost drove by the exit. Now that would be an inauspicious start to this therapeutic adventure, I thought.As I pulled off the Mass Pike, I was surprised...
Panning for Gold: Panning for Gold
ACCORDING TO AUSTRALIAN THERAPIST MICHAEL WHITE, a disconcerting effect of his new celebrity on the international therapy conference circuit is the recurrent experience of getting off a plane, being met by a workshop sponsor and told something like,...
Perspectives: Private Faces in Public Places
The ethics of writing about our clients IN RECENT YEARS WE HAVE WITNESSED AN OUTPOURING of popular writing by psychiatrists. Robert Jay Lifton, Irvin Yalom, Robert Coles, Sue Chance, M. Scott Peck, Paul Wender, Robert Klitzman, George Valiant, Donald...
Screening Room: Stupid Is as Stupid Does
Stone happens, but Gump lives HOLY INNOCENTS ARE NOT BLINDED BY THE WORLD'S conceits; they see right through the Emperor's new clothes. From King Lear's prescient jester and Wagner's "guileless fool" Parsifal, through Peter Sellers's illiterate gardener...
Short Story: Bloodhounds
Forty years later, returning to the scene of the crime. IN 1952, I COMMITTED A CRIME WITH MY FRIEND DRUSILLA. We were both just a year out of college.Drusilla provided me with the doctor's name and stood over me while I phoned him. She coached me to...
The Economics of Narrative
How many sessions is a letter worth? ONE MORNING A COUPLE OF YEARS ago, I was looking over the 10 charts of clients that I was to see that day and feeling discouraged about the previous day's staff meeting, in which no one had an easy solution for our...
The Third Wave: The Third Wave
First came Freud, then the problem-focused approaches; now, a new movement is reshaping the landscape of psychotherapy. MARISA, AN ITALIAN IMMIGRANT TO NEW ZEALAND, worked as a housecleaner. Although she was an intelligent woman who spoke impeccable...