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The Trouble with Trying to Heal Trauma Too Fast

Rich Simon

Sometimes moving clients right into re-experiencing a traumatic event for cathartic effect works and clients feel some relief in the therapy hour. But according to Internal Family Systems developer Dick Schwartz, this type of therapy has costs.

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Empowering Today's Parental Authority Figures

Ron Taffel on What Families Can't Function Without

Rich Simon

The days of children being seen and not heard are long gone. Now, however, kids and teens are increasingly expressing themselves through extensive online social networks, which open them up to new spheres of influence that challenge parental authority in an unprecedented way.

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Ensuring the Future of Psychotherapy

Rich Simon

In the keynote session from our State of the Art virtual conference, Dan Goleman will survey the range of scientific advances made in recent years in helping people develop the kind of attentional and emotional skills needed for balance and success in life, advances that are having an increasing impact of psychotherapy.

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Taking Off The Gloves

David Schnarch On How Confrontation Speeds Up Couples Therapy

Rich Simon

Couples therapist, David Schnarch, is not interested in having a couple feel secure in the consulting room.

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Responding to the Critics of DSM-5

Darrel Regier On Why Diagnostic Changes Were Made

Rich Simon

Despite the number of criticisms it has incurred, there was a method to the so-called madness of DSM-5.

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Does Neuroscience Really Matter?

Rich Simon

Given the responses that continue to come in to Steve Andreas’ critique of the therapeutic relevance of neuroscience, we asked two leaders in the development of more brain-based approaches to therapy to weigh in and further the discussion for State of the Art 2013.

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Anxiety as a GPS

Danie Beaulieu On How to Make Panic An Ally

Rich Simon

Most of our therapeutic interventions for anxiety center around managing over-blown feelings of fear. But what if we consider anxiety as a vital signal, alerting us that we are taking actions that do not align with who we truly are?

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Rethinking the Autonomic Nervous System

Stephen Porges on a Popular Neuroscientific Misconception

Rich Simon

For decades therapists have been taught that there are two sides of the autonomic nervous system complementing each other. But according to Stephen Porges—developer of the Polyvagal Theory—this teaching is off the mark.

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What's The Value Of A Diagnostic Category In The DSM?

Gary Greenberg on the Role of Economic Factors in the Shaping of the DSM

Rich Simon

By giving diagnostic criteria and a name to a specific human suffering, an entry in the DSM increases the likelihood of research and treatment dollars going to that condition.

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The Selling of Psychotherapy

Rich Simon

Therapist and business coach Lynn Grodzki provides an eye-opening road-map to both the shift in clients’ attitude and how we as therapists can most productively respond to it.

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