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March Quandary: My Client is Being Bullied and Her School Won’t Help!

Five Clinicians Give Their Take

Chris Lyford

By Chris Lyford - Raisa is a sophomore in high school, and tells her therapist that the girls in her class are bullying her with insults like “slut” and “whore.” Her mother has been in touch with her school, but administrators say there’s not much they can do. Raisa is incredibly distressed. Here's how five therapists say they'd proceed.

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A Week in the Life of a School Social Worker

Rapid-Fire Therapy, Creative Strategies, and Building Trust in an Instant

Howard Honigsfeld

By Howard Honigsfeld - Public School 48, where I’m on staff as a social worker, sits on a block between a juvenile detention center and a strip club. A week of work can be exciting, frustrating, and often hair-raising—anything but boring.

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An Awareness of the Soul

What Does It Mean to Really Get in Touch with Yourself?

Michael Ventura

By Michael Ventura - When I was 5 years old, I experienced something that made me feel viscerally, mentally, emotionally, and inescapably connected to everything and everyone around me, while feeling what I can only describe as a sense of privacy so deep and unassailable that "loneliness" doesn't begin to describe it. Thirty-five years later, I felt it again.

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How to Create an Anti-Bullying Support Group

Put an End to School Bullying in Just Six Weeks

Sue Young

By Sue Young - I met 11-year-old Gary after his mother called to ask what could be done about her son being bullied and now refusing to go to school. I suggested a support group for Gary would be an appropriate intervention since no one would be accused of anything and the children involved would enjoy participating. Students’ knowledge of their lives in school makes even young children skilled at knowing the small but significant actions they can take to help make another child happy.

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Marketing Your Therapy Practice to Grow Income and Clientele

Boosting Your Business with the "Pink-Spoon" Method

Casey Truffo

The way we automatically think of building and maintaining a therapy practice may no longer be an economically viable way of sustaining ourselves. Today, those seeking psychological help today don't think of themselves as patients, or even clients, as much as they consider themselves consumers or customers. They want to be served what they want, on their terms. They're less interested in an intense, open-ended relationship with a highly trained stranger than with a practical, appealing, and reasonably priced product, one that'll provide some short-term relief and maybe a little long-term wisdom.

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Using Therapy Skills to Make Business More Insightful and Humane

A Therapist-Turned-Executive Coach on How to Repair Toxic Work Environments

Rob Pasick

For most of my life, the world of business seemed off-limits to me. But eventually, I began to think about how I might work with corporations and business leaders to make work settings more humane and bring more balance to the lives of the decision-makers who shaped the work environments in which most people earned their livings. Eventually, I decided to switch my focus from doing individual and family therapy to consulting to business leaders on how to be more self-aware and compassionate. Here's what I found out in the process.

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The Decline And Fall Of Parental Authority...

...and What Therapists Can Do About It

Ron Taffel

American parents today face a perfect storm of cultural and social circumstances that undermine the very foundations of parental authority. In response, mothers and fathers are beginning to see therapists as irrelevant and to challenge the entire social, educational, and economic context of childrearing.

 

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Should You Have Leverage Over Your Clients?

Terry Real on Why Male Grandiosity Necessitates Leverage

Rich Simon

The idea of having leverage over a client in therapy seems like an unusual—and borderline unethical—practice. But according to relationship expert Terry Real, it's often necessary when working with male clients.

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