Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 4, July/August

An Ambush of Mercy
ONE SUMMER NIGHT, TWO YEARS AGO, I HAD TO DECIDE whether to live through the night or let myself die. I had been lost in New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness for several days the last two without shelter. I had dropped about 10 pounds, the...
Around the Network: Family Preservation under Seige
FOR MONTHS PEOPLE WHO care about the once-burgeoning family preservation movement had been bracing themselves for the publication of The Book of David by Richard Gelles. A noted social science researcher on child abuse and family violence for more...
A WEEK IN THE LIFE; to Russia with Love: A 10,000-Mile Journey through the Adoption Maze
Saturday, January 22 (En route) On a plane bound for Moscow, I close my eyes and imagine meeting my son. I'm already so much in love. It has been nearly three weeks since my husband, Michael, and I received confirmation of the adoption and a photograph...
CASE STUDIES; A Margin of Safety: Using Video in Treating Incest Families
TREATING INCEST FAMILIES REQUIRES A PRECARIOUS balancing act, which involves supporting and protecting the victim and confronting the behavior of family members, while determining whether it is possible to rehabilitate the integrity of the family as...
Going for the Cure
VOLTAIRE ONCE WROTE THAT HISTORY WAS "LITTLE ELSE than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes," but not until our own era of mass communication did it become practically impossible to escape constant bombardment by bad news. Wars, natural disasters,...
PERSPECTIVES; Shame: Restoring the Nesting Grounds of the Cringing Guiltbird
SHAME. COME BACK, SHAME.Gen. Colin Powell: We need to "restore a sense of shame in our society."Robert Dole: "Those who cultivate moral confusion for profit should understand this: We will name their names and shame them as they deserve to be shamed."Name...
SCREENING ROOM; Uncaged: Looking for a Way to Make Gay Themes Acceptable to a Straight Audience
THE MOST HOMOPHOBIC MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY are not right-wing Republican senators but male high school students, whose sexual identity is still twirling in the hormonal twisters of adolescence. The one thing the religious right and the average male teenager...
Shattered Lives: Shattered Lives
WHEN A SOLDIER IS BROKEN BY COMBAT, WHAT BREAKS? Findings from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS), a rigorously designed and executed nationwide epidemiological study of a random sample of Vietnam-era veterans and a random sample...
Short Story: The Four Men
THE FIRST MAN WAS THE CHILD PSYCHIATRIST.From the beginning she had discussed Mark with her own analyst. He recommended a woman in Cambridge, but her attitude, her accent were impenetrable. "He vill be fine," the woman said. "But zose teeth, how doss...
The Biology of Fear: The Biology of Fear
NOT LONG AGO, MOST THERAPISTS WHO HEARD A STORY like Albert Grow's would have thought about what his experience in Vietnam did to his relationship with his family, his community and his sense of self. Few would have given much thought to what it did...
UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Eye Movement Desentisization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
The best-known of the four methods Figley and Carbonell studied is probably Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, it makes use of right-left visual, kinesthetic or auditory stimulation while...