Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 6, November/December

BOOKMARKS; the Healing Connection: How Women Form Relationships in Therapy and in Life
A woman I know once complained to me "When I fall in love I fall right down the evolutionary ladder." She became what she called a "Cheshire cat woman," gaining a man and a haunting smile but losing her identity in the service of the...
CASE STUDIES; Resolving the Irresolvable: Constructing a Way out for Families Torn Apart by Struggles over Recovered Memories
Joe, the CEO of a large textile company, called me from Boston. He told me he had two business cards in front of him on his desk, one from me and one from a malpractice lawyer. He planned to meet with the lawyer, fly to Chicago to see me...
CLINICIAN'S DIGEST: In the Bronx, a Little Bit of Therapy Can Go a Long Way
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; the Limits of Empathy
I am thinking a lot about empathy these days--defensively, I might add--because my wife, Anne, keeps accusing me of lacking this quality in relation to her. Of course, I readily agree. I sympathize with her pain, but stop short of empathizing...
Fearless Foursome: After 20 Tears, the Women's Project Prepares to Pass the Torch
Despite its monumental-sounding name, the Women's Project in Family Therapy owns no real estate and doesn't even have a listing in the phone book. In the 20 years that it has been in existence, the Women's Project has never offered a...
FROM RESEARCH TO PRACTICE; Improving Our Track Record: How Therapists Can Better Meet the Needs of the Disadvantaged
Louise and her two children--Joseph, 10, and Anita, 6--live in one of Chicago's poorest housing projects, surrounded by high crime, drug dealers and violence. Her job as a food service worker pays minimum wage--barely enough to feed her...
IN CONSULTATION; the Art of the Enactment: How to Get Real Conversation Going in the Consulting Room
Q : Therapists are supposed to get family members to talk with each other during sessions, but I've found that is not so simple. How do you get family members to talk together productively? A : Although some families are willing to engage...
Kicking the Celebrity Habit
Shortly after the Watts riots in 1965, I visited the Los Angeles headquarters of H. Rap Brown. While a friend conducted his business with the young, radical speaker and community organizer, I waited outside, chatting with some of the men...
NETWORKER NEWS; Bringing out the Best: The '98 Symposium: The Right Place for the Right Stuff
The last decade has seen a fundamental shift in the way many clinicians regard their therapeutic role.  Rather than being exorcists casting out hidden traumas and deficits, therapists these days look more like treasure hunters seeking the...
Ramon Rojano Won't Take No for an Answer
Ramon Rojano is a professional nudge. Let's say you're a single mother on welfare who goes to him for family therapy because your teenage son is skipping school and on the verge of being expelled. Leaning forward in his chair, the stocky,...
SCREENING ROOM; the Royal Family and the Full Monty: Kicking the Celebrity Habit
There has rarely been a sweeter commentary about the pathetic search for celebrity than The Full Monty , a low-budget, no-frills, British comedy directed by Peter Cattaneo. In a rusted-out, postindustrial, waste dump of a city in the north...
When Opportunity Knocks: In the Bronx, a Little Bit of Therapy Can Go a Long Way
Monday, 8:20 a.m. It is a cool, sunny, early-October morning. I park on a side street and walk a block to Montefiore Family Health Center at 193nd Street and Decatur Avenue in the Bronx. At my back is the roar of Fordham Road, one of the Bronx's...