Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, May/June

BOOKMARKS; Restoring Our Roles: Preventing Burnout through Collaboration
Narratives of Therapists' Lives Michael WhiteDulwich Centre Publications. 1997. 242 pp. ISBN 0-9586678-3-7 It's Friday afternoon and you've spent the past 5 days sitting with people whose anguish has become all too familiar over...
CASE STUDIES; What Textbooks Don't Tell You: Acknowledging the Complexities of Real-Life Therapy
A student once remarked to me with some disappointment that therapy is a lot messier than she had been led to believe from reading the professional literature. It may be that we therapists too often condense our case presentations to ...
CLINICIAN'S DIGEST: The Secrets of Good 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...
Death on the Doorstep: Helping the Families of Murder Victims Rejoin the Community
It is a Monday morning. Waiting for me on my desk at the Victims Services Agency in lower Manhattan is a pink message slip from one of our hotline workers: "Carlos Sanchez called. Son killed by a man in the neighborhood. Pls. call." ...
FAMILY MATTERS: There's No One to Heal in the Desert
I go into the desert to get lost. And lately, I can't get lost often enough. I long for the moment when I can get behind the wheel of my four-wheel drive and aim the tires for a spot out there where my body runs on automatic pilot, and...
IN CONSULTATION: When Clients Don't Do Their Homework
Q: How do I get clients to do homework assignments? A: Please don't call them homework assignments. That evokes memories of tasks handed out in school, which often seemed like busywork. The best way to ensure clients' cooperation is...
NETWORKER NEWS: A New Study of Marriage Catches the Attention of the National Media
It's not often that a longitudinal study on marital interactions gets the kind of national media attention that University of Washington researcher John Gottman received when the Journal of Marriage and the Family ran his most recent article...
Please, Make Me Want to Be a Better Man: Goodbye and Good Riddance to the Romantic Rebel
It has been a tradition, at least since 1955, which saw the death of James Dean and the glorification of adolescence as a lifetime calling, for movie heroes to show at least a streak of rebellion, to demonstrate at least a little tendency...
Public Enemies?: Throwing Away the Key Is an Increasingly Popular Solution to Juvenile Crime
In 1995, James Alan Fox, dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Boston's Northeastern University, warned the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that the nation was increasingly being terrorized by...
The Power of Negative Thinking: The Moral Assumptions of Prison Life Are the Opposite of Those of the World Outside
Prisons come in shapes and sizes as varied as their purposes. There is Stateville, a maximum-security "correctional facility" in Illinois modeled on English philosopher Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon, where heavily armed officers in a central...
The Presidential Psychodrama: When Our President Misbehaves, Who Lays Down the Law?
Living in the midst of this craziness with the president is getting to us all. Each week the drama gets more outrageous and I get more confused about my values and attitudes and sense of reality. The scandal makes for facile jokes, but anyone...
Therapists in Blue?: Police Officers Spend More Time Being Psychologists Than Sharpshooters
Sunday morning: As a police officer, I've been trained to expect the unexpected, block out automatic emotional reactions and stick to hard-edged procedural rules in an emergency. But that doesn't mean that in this line of work some ...