Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 5, September/October

AROUND THE NETWORK; Managing Managed Care: Washington Weighs in on Patients
IN THE VOCIFEROUS public backlash against managed care from both consumers and health providers, "protecting patients' rights" has become, according to a Time magazine/CNN poll, as hot a vote-getting issue for politicians as saving Social Security or...
Beyond the Rational: Medical Science Is Finally Catching Up with Family Therapists
FOR MORE THAN SIX YEARS, Cynthia Flynn, a family therapist and clinical social worker in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, had felt uncharacteristically hopeless about writing the dissertation required to complete her M.B.A. She felt so little confidence in her...
BOOKMARKS; Healthier Than a Low-Cal Lunch: Medical Science Is Finally Catching Up with Family Therapists
Love & Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy DEAN ORNISH HarperCollins. 1998. 284pp. ISBN: 0-06-01721-34 Jim Weinstein is mad as hell. A 46-year-old physician, Jim has severe heart disease, despite having no conventional...
BOOKMARKS: The Family's quotNatural Orderquot
Love's Hidden Symmetry: What Makes Love Work in Relationships BERT HELLINGER, GUNTHARD WEBER AND HUNTER BEAUMONT Zeig, Tucker & Co. 1998. 330 pp. ISBN: 1-891944-00-2 Adoption: Family Constellations With Two Adoptive Mothers and an Adoptive Child...
CASE STUDIES; Heart-to-Heart: The Therapist as Emotional Conduit for Couples' Connection
WHEN I FIRST STARTED OUT as a couples therapist, I tried my best to maintain a professional distance from the emotional vortex my clients so effortlessly seemed to generate. I thought of myself as a removed expert whose specialty was coming up with solutions...
FAMILY MATTERS; When Therapy Goes to the Dogs: The Benefits of a Silent Cotherapist
CARL WHITAKER once observed that the most effective therapy was done by those he called "social therapists" lay practitioners who are unschooled intuitives, untrained, unpaid and often unconscious of what they do and the impact they have on others. Like...
GETTING UNSTUCK; Self-Harming Clients: Techniques That Open the Door to Recovery
There is an important distinction between self-cutting as a reenactment of past trauma and as an attempt to kill oneself. To determine the suicide risk, I always ask clients where they are cutting themselves, because often it's not in a place that is...
Healing Ceremonies: REFLECTIONS ON THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN PERSONALITY
"WE ARE HERE TO BREAK THE silence and to listen to the untold," Hadar said to the 30 people sitting in the crowded conference room. "Are those gathered here willing to witness the story of this woman?"'Yes, we are, " everyone said in unison, and Sue...
How We Become What We Are: REFLECTIONS ON THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN PERSONALITY
I HAVE LEARNED during 45 years of studying children that all human beings are complex and combine, in ways we do not fully understand, influences from biology, family, society, culture and history. Scholarly explanations of human difference, particularly...
It Takes One to Tango: You Don't Need Both Partners to Do Couples Therapy
IN OUR FIRST SESSION, Lynn, a sullen looking 27-year-old, had plenty to complain about. Her husband, Jeff, had been extremely critical of late and seemed emotionally distant from both Lynn and their 18-month-old son, Jason. Lynn felt that Jeff spent...
Listening to Our Demons: WHEN NEW IDENTITIES STRUGGLE TO EMERGE
AN AMERICAN PSYCHOTHERAPIST once invited a Tibetan monk to his home for the weekend, and for some reason decided to entertain him by showing a video of The Exorcist, the special-effects potboiler in which child actress Linda Blair is possessed by Satan...
NETWORK BRIEFS: How Supportive Are Support Groups?
Support groups for women with breast cancer have been well regarded ever since Stanford psychiatrist David Spiegel's landmark studies from the 1980s showed that women who attended his groups survived an average of 18 months longer than a control group....
NETWORK BRIEFS: Talking Back to Prozac
The view that depression is primarily a biological illness has gained such power that some managed care companies now only fund psychotherapy when it is combined with antidepressant medication. But lately, therapists and psychology researchers have been...
SCREENING ROOM; Famous for Being Themselves: Narcissism as an Escape from the Ordinary
THE TRUMAN SHOW OPENED TO reviewer's declarations that it was not just the surefire winner of next year's Oscars, but the cinematic wonder of the millennium. This epidemic of mass critical adoration was far more interesting than the nice, harmless film...
The Apology: CREATING A BRIDGE BETWEEN REMORSE AND FORGIVENESS
AMONG CLINICIANS, THE VERY IDEA OF forgiveness in psychotherapy evokes as much controversy as enthusiasm. What is the proper role for forgiveness in the therapy room? In promoting forgiveness, what approach should the therapist take one of orchestration...