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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 6, November/December

A Smile after the Storm
A Smile after the Storm By Caroline SakaiIn 2006, I conducted a study of Energy Psychology treatments with 50 Rwandan orphans. The outcomes, recently reported in The International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, vastly exceed those of any previous...
Case Study, Stop the Merry-Go-Roun: Strategies for Angry Couples
Case Study By W. Robert NayStop the Merry-Go-RoundStrategies for angry couplesIt's one thing to help an easily incensed individual learn to manage a too-easily-aroused temper. It's entirely another thing to help partners in a troubled relationship deal...
Clinician's Digest
Clinician's digestBy Garry CooperThe End of the Psychotropic Age?By now, we've grown accustomed to expecting successive new waves of psychotropic medications to make their much ballyhooed appearance on the market, each set of drugs accompanied by claims...
Contents
November/December 2010 Vol. 34 - No. 6Special Features: Wounds of WarThe Puzzle of PTSD By Roy Clymer Does the diagnosis of PTSD actually hamper therapists' ability to help combat veterans do the hard work of coming to terms with their war experiences.It...
Deconstructing Depression: A Therapeutic Road Map for Effective Treatment
Deconstructing Depression A therapeutic road map for effective treatment By Margaret Wehrenberg Psychotherapists probably see more cases of depression than anything else in their practices, but it remains one of the most challenging conditions to accurately...
Family Matters, Listening to Your Heart: Sometimes Life's Greatest Gifts Are Disguised as Disappointments
Family Matters By Elizabeth Flynn Campbell Listening to Your Heart Sometimes life's greatest gifts are disguised as disappointments Sometimes when my younger son, Jesse, does something that exceeds my expectations--like the other day, when he was the...
From the Editor
From the EditorI can still remember sitting in a workshop at the American Orthopsychiatric Association conference in Chicago in 1982 and feeling dumbstruck. The presenters were describing a then-new psychiatric diagnosis--post-traumatic stress disorder--that...
In Consultation, Therapy in the Round: Group Therapy Offers a Larger Arena for Chang
In Consultation By Eleanor CounselmanTherapy in the Round Group therapy offers a larger arena for change Q: I'd like to learn more about therapy groups. Can you explain their therapeutic value and what skills are required to run them that are different...
It Takes a Community: Therapy-as-Usual Can't Serve the Needs of Our Returning Troops
It Takes a Community Therapy-as-usual can't serve the needs of our returning troops By Laurie Leitch and Elaine Miller-KarasThe debate about our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has raged for a decade, but no one disputes one fact: as a result of...
Point of View, Telling It like It Is: Donald Meichenbaum Doesn't Mince Wordsê
Point of View By Ryan Howes Telling It Like It Is Donald Meichenbaum doesn't mince words Back in the 1970s, Donald Meichenbaum was part of a group of innovators that included Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck. Together they challenged the prevailing behaviorist...
The Case for Energy Psychology: Snake Oil or Therapeutic Power Tool?
The Case for Energy Psychology Snake oil or therapeutic power tool? By David Feinstein Newly appointed to the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins in 1970, I wasn't sure what to expect when the department chair called me into his office to discuss...
The Language of the Nervous System: The 5 TRM Self-Stabilization Skills
The Language of the Nervous System The 5 TRM Self-Stabilization SkillsThe Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) is based on teaching people a basic set of self-stabilization skills that help reregulate the nervous system in the wake of upsetting and traumatic...
The Puzzle of PTSD: Does the PTSD Diagnosis Do More Harm Than Good?
The Puzzle of PTSD Does the PTSD diagnosis do more harm than good? By Roy ClymerAt eight o'clock on Tuesday morning, I walk into a nondescript room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to greet seven soldiers and marines who've been back from Iraq or...
The Rules of Engagement: A Civilian Therapist's Guide to the Military Mindset
The Rules of Engagement A civilian therapist's guide to the military mindset By Alison LighthallMany coalition troops in Afghanistan and Iraq have spent five years alternating between trying to kill and trying not to be killed. Think back to what you...