Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 5, September/October

BOOKMARKS; the Pursuit of Happiness: Quantifying the Essential Ingredients
The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty By David G. MyersYale University Press. 414 pp. ISBN 0-300-08111-1 David Myers has a real gift--he can take acres of dull, academic writing, ascertain what's actually relevant and useful,...
CASE STUDIES; Expanding Your Tool Kit: A New Technique That Complements EMDR and TFT
In recent years, increasing numbers of therapists have discovered the effectiveness of neurologically based therapy techniques, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT), not only for trauma, but...
Clinician's Digest
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...
Everyday Courage: Helping Anxious Clients Open the Door to Uncertainty
After two decades of working with people suffering from phobias and other expressions of disabling fear, I still remember clearly two clients whom I met more than 15 years ago--a man and a woman whose "cure" for their crippling anxieties was worse...
FAMILY MATTERS; Growing Pains: Childhood Always Slips by Too Fast
My 10-year-old daughter, Alex, said it made no difference to her whether I accompanied her into the examining room or not, and her pediatrician said in that case, I might just as well wait outside. I can take a hint and spent the next 15 minutes...
GETTING UNSTUCK; How to Prevent Relapse: Treatment Strategies for Long-Term Change
Q:  I notice that many of my couples clients do well in therapy, only to return with the same or similar problems in a few months. What can I do to make the effects of treatment last? A: This problem is probably a lot more common than most therapists...
SCREENING ROOM; Forces of Nature: Weathering Storms from without and Within
Henry James reminded us: "When all is said and done, we are in the end absolutely dependent on the universe." Our lives are spent struggling, individually and/or collectively, against powerful forces that would bend us to the will of uncaring, impersonal,...
Teacher as Healer: The Challenges of the Classroom Cast the Therapist's Role in a New Light
"Education! Which of the various me's do you propose to educate, and which do you propose to suppress?... Who are you? How many selves have you? And which of those selves do you want to be?"--D. H. Lawrence        The artist, the educator and...
Teaching Kids to Care: One School Takes a Systems Approach to the Problem of Bullying
It is early morning at the James H. Bean School in Sidney, Maine-350 children, K through 6--and the playground is a near-riot of raw kinetic energy. At 7:30 a.m., a half-hour before classes begin, kids are spilling from buses and cars, festooning...
Telling It like It Is: Be Prepared to Back Up Your Therapeutic Claims
Stephen Daniel, a Prescott, Arizona, psychologist, is living out every therapist's nightmare. Nearly two years ago, he did what many clinicians do to garner some publicity for their practices--talked with a reporter from a local newspaper about his...
The Burnt-Out Therapist: Dissatisfaction with Your Career Can Be the First Step toward Self-Discovery
Robert, my new client, was embarrassed. "I don't want you to get the wrong idea," he said, leaning forward in the chair, hands massaging his knees. "I'm a damned good therapist. And I'm doing well, my practice is pretty full. . . ." But . . . I...
The Impossible Child: A New Treatment Offers Hope for the Undiagnosable
I'm sitting on a metal folding chair in the corner of a large, open room watching my son misbehave. I'm trying not to interfere. He is being tested by Rebecca, an occupational therapist, but he is not cooperating. She asks him to imitate a simple...
When There's Trouble in the Classroom
The parents of 5-year-old Johnny or 8-year-old Sally have come to you for counseling. Johnny's bullying behavior, his kindergarten teacher has reported, is causing a real problem in school. Sally is so shy, says her teacher, she doesn't take part...