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Occupational Wisdom

What Therapists Can Teach Us about Growing Old Gracefully

March/April 2018
Does being a therapist give us an edge in coping with the inescapable phenomenon of aging? Three prominent psychotherapists—Irvin Yalom, Joan Klagsbrun, and Erv Polster—share both how their experience with older clients has shaped their slant on their own mortality and how their own aging may be changing the way they approach psychotherapy.
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The Power of Apologizing

What It Takes to Really Be Sorry

March/April 2018
Unlike the faux public apologies from men accused of sexual misconduct that 2017 will likely be remembered for, our private apologies have the potential to heal broken connections and restore trust. But an apology that opens the door to forgiveness and healing for serious harm is a long-distance run that requires courage, clarity, and integrity.
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Case Study

Second Adolescence: An Alternative to the Midlife Crisis

March/April 2018
Instead of viewing midlife as a time of emotional unraveling, therapists can see it as an opportunity to help clients gain a fuller sense of purpose in life’s later stages.

Therapy and Transformation

What Are We Promising Our Clients?

January/February 2018
Decades ago, trainees in our field were imbued with the notion that therapy was about transformation: big, dramatic changes in the direction of self-actualization. Was this an overpromise? And now, when the average length of therapy in the United States is less than eight sessions, is it even desired by clients anymore, or necessary for successful therapy?
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Consensual Nonmonogamy

When Is It Right for Your Clients?

January/February 2018
In past decades, the only alternatives to involuntary celibacy in a relationship were affairs or divorce. But more and more therapists are recognizing there’s another option: consensual nonmonogamy. Although the idea isn’t new, it’s challenging our field to see that committed, secure relationships can take many shapes and forms.

Remembering Salvador Minuchin

A Networker Tribute

January/February 2018
To be a young, intellectually curious therapist in the 1960s and ’70s was to fall under the spell of the new systems practitioners, who were redefining what psychotherapy was all about. And no one embodied this new way of practicing the clinical craft with more skill, creativity, and chutzpah than Salvador Minuchin. In light of his recent passing, we pay tribute to his influence on several generations of therapists.

Clinician's Digest

Did England's Ambitious Mental Health Care Experiment Deliver?

January/February 2018
Nearly a decade ago, England embarked on one of the largest expansions of mental health care in modern history. What can be said of the outcome of this bold experiment?

In Consultation

Keeping Couples Therapy Upbeat

January/February 2018
Keeping the difficult work of couples therapy positive and upbeat might be easier, and more effective, than you think.
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Case Study

Doing Vulnerability: The Art of Helping Men Open Up

November/December 2017
Helping emotionally closed-off men embrace vulnerability without getting lost in shame requires not only empathy but good timing.

Is There Hope for a Divided America?

Tales from the Better Angels Bus Tour

November/December 2017
There’s a troubling trend toward viewing people who differ from us politically not just as uninformed or misguided, but as ill-motivated and dangerous. Through an organization called Better Angels, a couples therapist and an intrepid group of other concerned citizens embark on a bus tour to see what they can learn about shifting the standoff between Red and Blue America.
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