Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 3, May/June

Around the Network: Morality and Therapy
 THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE NOT  been friendly to psychotherapists.  Probably no other contemporary field has suffered so many widely publicized body blows to its professional competence, its ethical standards and its economic visibility in such a short...
Book Review: Everyday Heroes: Witnessing the Strength and Beauty of Old Age
A new best-seller turns old age into another version of youth. THE FOUNTAIN OF AGE BY BETTY FRIEDANNew York: Simon & Schuster 669 pages, $24.50 OLD FRIENDS BY TRACY KIDDERBoston: Houghton Mifflin 352 pages, $22.95 WHEN MY PARENTS COULD CONVINCE me...
Case Studies: Long-Distance Therapy: Helping an Isolated Family Heal Their Trauma
IN THE SPRING OF 1991, MY MOTHER, A MENNONITE AND a nurse-midwife, called me from rural Pennsylvania. "Can you give me some advice," she asked, "for the parents of an Amish boy? Since you're a therapist, you might know better than me what to suggest."I...
Diagnosing LD and ADHD
LEARNING DISABILITIES (LD) AND Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are distinct disorders that not only undermine academic learning, but can interfere with many aspects of life. Both ID and ADHD can result from genetic predisposition or various...
Divorcing with Grace
Some African-American couples wrestle with stereotypes to the bitter end. IN 1965, THEN-ASSISTANT SECRETARY of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, later to become a US. Senator, published the first-ever federally sponsored study of blacks in America called...
Getting through the Fire: Getting through the Fire
Two squabbling ex-spouses learn to be steadfast coparents. FOR NINE MONTHS AFTER MARK AND I DECIDED TO SEPARATE, we lived together in daily confrontation, sharing our apartment, car, summer house and children. When he finally moved out, our nastiness...
Perspectives: Solutions to Everything
Life can be sweet just play it by the numbers IT'S HAPPENED ONCE TOO OFTEN. SOMEBODY SAYS OR writes to me, "You talk about what's wrong but you don't offer solutions," or "My girlfriend-boyfriend-lawyer-therapist says you should suggest solutions, not...
The Business of Therapy: Transformation of a Therapist: Learning to Apply Intervention Skills to Business Systems
From therapist to Master of the Universe a cautionary tale. ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, I READ NICK CUMMINGS'S presidential address to the American Psychological Association in which he foretold the changes coming in the health-care system. Even though the phrase...
The Invisible Battlefield
Millions of learning-disabled adults rely on intellectual guerrilla tactics to survive. TONY AND NELLY CAME IN FOR COUPLES THERAPY BECAUSE Tony had grown so irrationally jealous of Nelly and so physically violent that she was frightened for her life....
The Screening Room: Appasionata: Fables and Fairy Tales and Fires in Our Souls
NOW THAT THE EXPIRATION DATES HAVE PASSED ON OUR familiar fables and fairy tales about gender, it is time to create some new ones. In The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim differentiates the enlightening fairy tale from the simplistic sanctimony...
The Tornado Inside
How the world looks to a 10-year-old with LD. The character in this story is a composite drawn from the experiences of my 10-year-old, learning-disabled son, Jeffrey, other learning-disabled people I have known, and memories of my own learning-disabled...
When Same-Sex Couples Divorce
For gays and lesbians, splitting up can create a crisis of self-doubt. W HEN A HETEROSEXUAL COUPLE marries, they automatically acquire a ready-made legal container that confers legitimacy on their relationship, granting them the right to call themselves...
Which Side Are You On?: Which Side Are You On?
Every day, warring and desperate husbands and wives show up in our offices agonizing over divorce. Have we been too blithe in encouraging them to go ahead, too quick to reassure them that their children will make out okay? "THE SOCIAL SCIENCE EVIDENCE...
Why Marriages Fail: Why Marriages Fail
Some intriguing findings refute popular myths about marriage. EVERY THERAPIST KNOWS HOW MYSTERIOUS MARRIAGE CAN be witness the apparently incompatible couples who seem to have more fights in a week than most spouses average in a year but still stay...

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