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The Touch Taboo

Are We Missing a Vital Source of Healing?

March/April 2019
Polyvagal Theory offers a new kind of somatic road map for guiding both therapists and clients toward safety and connection. It can also empower therapists to tap into a vital source of healing that most view with great trepidation—the power of touch.
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Dying Well

Humanizing Our Overmedicalized System

March/April 2019
Hospital protocols have replaced the time-honored customs that once enabled the dying to be lead actors in their life’s final drama. Why do we spend so much on last ditch medical treatments while depriving so many of what they need to die with dignity and peace?
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Survival Skills

Chicago Gang Members Take a Challenging Leap

January/February 2019
In one violent Chicago neighborhood, embattled gang members see themselves as UPOWs—urban prisoners of war. To introduce them to a new set of survival skills, a therapist specializing in complex trauma helps take them off the streets and into the wilderness. Can her unlikely approach, which at times resembles a seminar on brain science, make a real difference in their lives?
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Creating a Web of Connection

Therapists in Search of Community

January/February 2019
Therapists are always on the lookout for new approaches and techniques. But in a profession with alarming rates of burnout and professional isolation, the best way to improve outcomes may be less about what therapists offer clients and more about what they can offer each other.
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No More "Same Old"

Young Clients Are Leading Therapists to New Places

November/December 2018
As they’re about to surpass baby boomers as the largest generation, millennials are coming to dominate the population of therapy consumers. But their impact goes beyond sheer numbers. With sometimes startling directness, they’re demanding that their therapists become even more “real” and disclosing, whether therapists are comfortable being that unguarded or not.
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Bumps in the Road

Accompanying Young Clients Through Life’s Transitions

November/December 2018
Many young people transitioning into the uncertainties of adulthood today are feeling more scared and alone than ever. One therapist has discovered that a key to helping them navigate the inevitable bumps of new challenges is being part of their journey over the long haul.
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Listening to the Next Generation

Are We Hearing What They Have to Say?

November/December 2018
Admitting her bafflement with some of her millennial clients, a veteran therapist accepts her ignorance and gets advice from some of the young people in her life. Here’s how their fresh perspectives energized her practice.

The Man Who Became an Adjective

No One Writes about Psychology Like Malcolm Gladwell

November/December 2018
No one writes about psychology with more irresistible readability—and book sales—than 2019 Symposium featured speaker Malcolm Gladwell.

Learning to Bear the Unbearable

How MDMA Works

September/October 2018
As a researcher and outspoken advocate for therapeutic innovation, Bessel van der Kolk has been as influential as anyone in shaping the landscape of trauma therapy today. He describes what’s distinctive about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

Inside the Ayahuasca Experience

When Shamanism Meets Psychotherapy

September/October 2018
A practitioner trained in the orthodox Western model of medicine develops a deep respect for the healing power of psychedelic plants and shamanism. What he discovers is not magic but an often astonishingly rapid pathway to self-realization.
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