May/June 2015

Editor's Note

May/June 2015
Throughout history, for most people it was just expected that work was a difficult, tedious, underpaying, and often soul-killing grind. But in today’s world, something we call “burnout”—that mélange of weariness, depression, and apathy, seasoned with a tincture of cynicism—has become as pervasive as the common cold.
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Burnout Reconsidered

What Supershrinks Can Teach Us

May/June 2015
An entire industry has sprung up to address the problem of compassion fatigue, but research indicates that the most commonly proposed answer, improved self-care, doesn’t work. In fact, the study of the most highly effective clinicians suggests that burnout isn’t related to caring too much, but continuing to care ineffectively.
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Little and Often

Using Micro-Practices for Self-Care

May/June 2015
The growing interest in micro self-care mirrors the developments in understanding self-directed neuroplasticity: small and frequent works better to create desirable neural pathways than big and seldom.

Don't Go It Alone

The Power of Focusing Partnerships

May/June 2015
To emerge from the grip of feeling stale as a therapist and in danger of burning out, we need something to take us out of our isolation. Focusing partnerships can be a potent remedy for the circular thinking we tend to get mired in when we’re by ourselves.

The Colors of Tomorrow

Highlights From Symposium 2015

May/June 2015
After a brutal winter that would’ve given Ernest Shackleton pause, more than 3,700 therapists welcomed the opportunity to escape cabin fever, get out of the house, and greet spring at the 38th annual Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. What follows are some of the highlights from this year’s exploration of the clinical innovations, scientific advances, and technological developments shaping the future of our field.
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Clinician's Digest

Is Ketamine the New Antidepressant to Rave About?

May/June 2015
Is a new generation of antidepressants on the way?

In Consultation

Surviving Treatment Reviews

May/June 2015
How to speak the language of medical necessity.

Case Study

Rediscovering Happiness: The Use of Positive Childhood Triggers in Psychotherapy

May/June 2015
To create deep change, we need to help people mine the sources of intense pleasure in their lives, wherever they may find them.

Point of View

Brave New Couples: What can science tell us about the changing face of couplehood today?

May/June 2015
Susan Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, discusses what the science of love says about what couples can expect when they rebel too much against the conventions of traditional marriage.

Bookmarks

Getting Over Weight? A Critic of our Cultural Obsession Goes Too Far

May/June 2015

Review of Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight—And What We Can Do About It

A critic of one of our central cultural obsessions goes too far.

Family Matters

Never Too Late

May/June 2015
A son reconstructs his story of his mother.
May/June 2015
Burnout
New Approaches to Rekindling the Flame