Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, March/April

Around the Network: A Window on the World
We  have grown used to having front-row seats during natural and political cataclysms like the Los Angeles earthquake or the siege of the Russian White House. But the CNN close-ups only give us a few dramatic episodes, and then the camera moves on to...
Case Studies: Avoiding the Truth Trap
Responding to allegations (and denials) of sexual abuse I HAVE SEEN ENOUGH CLIENTS WHO WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED to understand the reality of incest and to know that fathers who are confronted often deny that anything happened. But I recently saw a family...
Endangered Species: Endangered Species
Challenging cases are the least of many therapists' worries these days. The Golden Age of Private Practice is coming to an end and no one is-quite sure what the new, corporatized mental-health system will look like or how it will shape the future of...
Following the Money: Following the Money
Why fewer and fewer men are becoming therapists. WHEN I ENTERED GRADUATE SCHOOL IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY in the late 1980s, after 15 years as a sociologist and teacher, I had no idea that I was preparing myself for a world that no longer existed. I thought...
Hating Fred
It's Topeka's favorite pastime SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, THE REVEREND FRED PHELPS WAS the subject of ABC's 20/20, in a segment aptly dubbed, "A Gospel of Hate." For those who missed the show, Phelps is a Primitive Baptist minister and disbarred attorney...
Perspectives
Baby-Boomer Burnout is not the traditional "mid-life crisis." Mickey Kaus Getting Sleepy Burning the candle at both ends and in the middle I 'M REALLY TOO TIRED TO WRITE THIS COLUMN. TO BE honest, I'd rather be puttering around my house. I'm 41, yet...
Surviving the Revolution
The adaptations necessary to make it in the competitive world of managed care go against many therapists' psychological grain. ALL THROUGH THE 1980s, THE phone kept ringing and the money rolled in. Like many of his colleagues with established reputations,...
The Rush to Be Brief: The Rush to Be Brief
Be wary of short cuts in short-term therapy. THE YOUNG THERAPIST HAD BEEN TAUGHT BEHAVIORAL AND psychodynamic theory in graduate school and, after graduation, had concentrated on training in family therapy. She had just launched her private practice...
The Screening Room: Staring into the Face of Evil
Moral heroism may require arrogance, rather than virtue THE HOLOCAUST REPRESENTS THE GREATEST EVIL OF which human beings so far have been capable. Most of its atrocities were committed impersonally by people just doing their jobs, while others stood...
What A Mother Can Offer Her Son
THE DEBATES AND COLLECTIVE SOUL-SEARCHING THAT accompanied family therapists' discovery of the psychological significance of gender have transformed the field's conception of the family. What began 15 years ago as an examination of the unacknowledged...