Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, January/February

Billable Hours
I am standing on the sidewalk in Puebla, Mexico. My husband is asking a dark-skinned girl about the price of the dolls on the blanket in front of her. Next to her, an older woman is sewing ribbons into the hair of another doll, pulling...
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Angie lays out the facts dispassionately--a husband whose distance has grown into iciness during the past three years; the demands of raising two young children and maintaining a job; a male coworker whose mentoring has begun to take...
Breaking Free: Career Change as a Liberating Experience
There seem to be two kinds of therapists these days: those who are in the midst of a career crisis now, and those who soon will be. Thanks largely to managed care, therapists are learning the same hard lessons about job stability that legions...
CASE STUDIES; Briefer and Deeper: Addressing the Unconscious in Short-Term Treatment
While everybody grumbles these days about the pressure to limit therapy to as few sessions as possible, it may be that clinicians' professional satisfaction is threatened less by managed care's demand to be brief than by the failure of brief...
CLINICIAN'S DIGEST: The Slippery Perception of Violence
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: A Journey into the Heart of Computer Darkness
Gameboy, a palm-sized, hand-held video game system, entered my life two years ago. We already had one video game system, replete with outsized controllers, garish buttons and bulbous joystick, hooked up to the family TV. But it wasn't ...
IN CONSULTATION; Seen and Heard: Sometimes It Makes Sense to Bend the Rules
Q:Traditionally, family therapists have worked with children only in the context of conjoint family sessions. Under what circumstances is it appropriate to see children individually? A: My assumption is that the real therapy occurs among...
My Interview with Andre: For Andre Gregory, the Truth, No Matter How Painful, Is Always Funny
A few years ago, theater director and actor Andre Gregory, probably best known as the beguiling raconteur and spiritual bungee-jumper in the cult classic My Dinner With Andre , had just finished a lecture when a man got up to ask a question....
NETWORKER NEWS: What Price Accountability? the Thin Line between Legitimate Grievance and Harassment
David Calof, the Seattle therapist who has been picketed and harassed for nearly three years by  parents and other supporters of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF), has suffered two setbacks in recent months.   In October, he made...
New Kid in the Boardroom: Making the Perilous, Profitable Transition into Management Consulting
Many therapists today are making a shift, or dreaming of making a shift, from clinical or family practice to some form of management consulting work. The impetus for this change is both the carrot and the stick--the uncertainties of a therapy...
Riding out the Storm: A Therapist's Guide to Surviving Burnout
Marianne, a gifted, dedicated clinician I've known for 15 years, was sitting in front of me with tears streaming down her face. I'd been her supervisor, colleague and, in recent years, good friend. Now, we were meeting to go over a messy...
SCREENING ROOM: Retracing the Path from Innocence to Excess
Cultural historians tell us we lost our innocence in the '60s. Once we realized that our elders were willing to sacrifice us to the God of War, a generation pulled together, fantasized a great society of ideal love and pledged its allegiance...
When Three's a Crowd: Expelling the Managed Care Elephant from Your Practice
In the early 1990s, I experienced a 20 percent drop in income. The reason? Managed care. I didn't like what they were doing, and though I didn't know what I would do instead, I hadn't been able to bring myself to join any referral panels....
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