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Turns in the Road

Highlights from the Networker Journey

January/February 2017
Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Networker over the past four decades, we’ve chosen a small sampling that captures the magazine’s most journalistic side, conveying not so much the eternal verities of our profession, but the sense of reading a first draft of the field’s history. Among other things, you’ll find therapeutic methods that, as exciting as they seemed at the moment, didn’t stand the test of time as well as initial forays into discussing complex issues we’re still struggling with today. We’ve also added in a few examples of writing so immediate and compelling that they have an air of timelessness. Prepare yourself for an interesting journey.
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Transforming Sexual Narratives

From Dysfunction to Discovery

January/February 2016
Therapists too often ignore the importance of the longstanding, often unconscious stories that partners carry with them into their sexual relationship. Helping them share these stories with each other can open the pathway to erotic discovery.

Clinician's Digest

July/August 2010
- Is therapist privacy a thing of the past? - Creating networks of therapists - A cautionary tale about self-help books - The new DSM's take on personality disorders - The brain-scan wars

Rolling the Rock

Why would anyone choose a career in community mental health today?

July/August 2008
Beset by chronic budgetary constraints, invasive regulations, and insufficient respect from society at large, community mental health today seems a Sisyphean career choice. A therapist who's spent his career working in the public sector reflects on what's helped him maintain his passion.

Dear Michael

Michael White taught us how to retell our life stories

July/August 2008
Michael White, who died suddenly in April 2008 at 59, devoted his life to helping people find the kernels of personal courage, self-respect, and emotional vitality that would enable them to create a different story about themselves.

It's More Complicated Than That

Don't Smooth Out Life's Wrinkles Says Salvador Minuchin

November/December 1996
One of family therapy's pioneers worries that today's brief techniques smooth out too many of life's wrinkles.
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Panning for Gold

Michael White and the Promise of Narrative Therapy

November/December 1994
Australian narrative therapist Michael White captured the imagination of the therapy world by introducing the method of “externalization,” a way of personifying and concretizing clients’ everyday struggles, giving them a larger-than-life, often heroic dimension.
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Body Politics

The Anti-Anorexia League Turns Patients into Activists

November/December 1994
In a barely audible voice, Rose, a 28-year-old woman who had suffered with anorexia for 12 years, was calling for help. She lived in a remote area 600 miles north of our clinic where there were no therapeutic services for "eating disorders."
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