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Embracing the Other

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

May/June 2019
“Jeremy, we’ve never talked about it, but I cover my head for many reasons,” I told him. “One of them is to keep the energy contained—the heat doesn’t escape."
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Healing as a Subversive Act

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
In his opening keynote, Canadian physician Gabor Maté called on therapists to expand their frame of reference and recognize how their job is too often a kind of mopping up after the cruelties and injustices of the larger systems that shape our lives.
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Consciousness and Connection

Highlights from Symposium 2019

May/June 2019
It’s hard to think of anyone who's had more influence on our field than neuropsychiatrist Dan Siegel. His far-ranging keynote proposed that the integration of knowledge from such diverse disciplines as interpersonal neurobiology, psychotherapy, neuroscience, quantum physics, and mindfulness practice may offer hope for the future of the planet.

Suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge

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May/June 2019
In his many bestselling books, author Malcolm Gladwell has achieved renown for upending conventional thinking about the forces that shape people’s lives. His keynote, beginning with a surprising look at poet Sylvia Plath's suicide, underscored the Symposium theme of the interplay of social and personal issues.

The Inheritance Within

Coming Face to Face with Our Ancestors

May/June 2019
For decades, Bert Hellinger and his Family Constellations approach have been a lightning rod for controversy. But the latest research on epigenetics and the multigenerational impact of trauma have given new credibility to some of the underlying principles of this work.

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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Bookmarks

Where the Trauma Never Ends: Inside Chicago’s Urban War Zones

March/April 2019
Chicago’s inner city has long been termed an “urban war zone.” A new book by acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz reveals the personal stories of trauma and grief, as well as solace and support, that unfold over one summer.

Editor's Note

January/February 2019
In this issue, we hear from therapists who are moving beyond the confines of their offices to work with traumatized communities with enormous needs and few resources for healing. These therapists aren’t superheroes, but their stories challenge us to confront the question of what each of us might offer if we decided to refocus our energies and commitments.
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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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Always on Call

When Disaster Strikes, Jim Gordon Gets to Work

January/February 2019
Wherever people have been uprooted and stripped raw by the devastating force of war, sudden violence, or natural disaster, you’re likely to find Jim Gordon at work. For 25 years, he’s been bringing the tools of mind–body healing to trouble spots around the globe. His goal? To make himself unnecessary.
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