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The Healthy Parenting Brain

What Neuroscience Reveals about Good Parent-Child Bonding

Dan Hughes

By Jonathan Baylin and Daniel Hughes - Parenting isn’t a cookbook activity for managing children’s behavior: it’s an ancient mammalian mind–heart process, which allows a caregiver to stay engaged and regulated enough to sustain the mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart connections that are vital for a child’s development.

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What Attunement Really Looks Like

Step One: Confronting Your Own Limitations

Molly Layton

By Molly Layton - The longer I practice, the more I'm struck with the importance of tolerant, hovering attentiveness that looks, Janus-faced, both outwardly at the client and inwardly toward the therapist's own processes.

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Understanding Trauma and the Cycle of Growth

Mary Jo Barrett on Discovering How Clients Learn

Rich Simon

Clients may experience and respond to trauma in any number of ways, so the first step to determining how to best help them work through their trauma is to understand their growth cycle.

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Losing Focus as a Therapist

Mary Jo Barrett on Being Better Attuned to Clients

Rich Simon

We know that our primary initial responsibility as a therapist is to listen intently to what the client says, giving them our undivided attention. But being only human, there are times when we get distracted and are no longer focused on what the client is telling us.

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From Good Person to Ethical Professional

Mitch Handelsman on the Effectiveness of Ethics Acculturation

Rich Simon

There’s a big difference between being a generally nice person with good intentions and an ethical professional. So how do we bridge that gap?

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To Self-Disclose, or Not to Self-Disclose?

Ken Hardy on Why Not Self-Disclosing Can Hurt Therapy

Rich Simon

Long held under a shroud of formality for various ethical reasons, psychotherapy has had some growing pains in trying to adjust and adapt to the new laid-back way of life.

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Ending Therapy: The Importance of Planned Termination

How to Ease the Transition Out of the Therapy Relationship

Rich Simon

Of course, all good therapists want to bring their clients to a place where they've met their therapy goals and achieved the necessary growth to feel comfortable ending the therapy relationship. But therapists and clients may not always be operating on the same timetable.

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How to Protect Yourself in the Ethical Gray Zone

Frederic Reamer on the Importance of Documentation

Rich Simon

As clinicians, we try to prepare ourselves as best we can for any ethical issues that could arise with clients. But while we know the answers to the obvious dilemmas, where does that leave us with the endless list of ethical issues that fall into the gray area of ethical ambiguity?

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