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Editor's Note

November/December 2015
This issue of the Networker is an attempt to explore what we can contribute as a profession to the “conversation about race,” which, as lame and ungainly as the phrase often sounds, keeps heating up around us, even as most of us have done our best to ignore it. The intent is not somehow to analyze racism as yet another clinical problem that we can solve through our good intentions, insight, and therapeutic ingenuity, but to recognize the hard and uncomfortable truth of how racist oppression, explicit or implicit, doesn’t just harm “them.” Ultimately, it harms us all.
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The View From Black America

Listening to the Untold Stories

November/December 2015
Many poor, young, black people see themselves as trapped behind a wall-less prison with no exits. They know all too well that their daily experience—whether it’s going to lousy schools, succumbing to drug use and abuse, or being the victims of crime and lack of employment prospects—doesn’t matter unless it disrupts the lives of the white mainstream.
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Black Unlike Me

Some Uncomfortable Reflections on Growing Up White

November/December 2015
At a time when many are calling for a renewed national conversation about race, an aging, liberal, white New Yorker—who admits he’s never been a party to any such conversation, not with a black person anyway—shares some highly uncomfortable, extremely personal reflections.
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Community Mental Health Today

Encompassing the Big & the Small

November/December 2015
The promise of the community mental health movement of the 1960s, providing high-quality psychological and social services to poor families, remains unfullled. But today, two professionals bring together both a grasp of broader social issues and a store of practical clinical wisdom to offer complementary perspectives on how to best help poor communities.

Point of View

Destigmatizing Autism: The Future of Neurodiversity

November/December 2015
Author Steve Silberman discusses what it means to view autistic people as individuals seeing the world in a different way, rather than just a checklist of deficits.

Bookmarks

Who Do You Trust?: Revisiting the McMartin Preschool Case

November/December 2015
Review of We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s and The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Sometimes it can be easier to argue about witch-hunts than risk confronting the dark, unsavory reality of child abuse.

Clinician's Digest

The Emotional Emancipation Movement

September/October 2015
After the unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Emotional Emancipation movement offers a different way to address racial issues in the African American community.

Clinician's Digest

Therapists without Borders

July/August 2015
It’s the rare therapist who’s willing to leave the comforts of ordinary practice to face the hardships of working in the world’s most troubled places.
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Case Study

The Challenge of Open Relationships: Can They Ever Work?

July/August 2015
While many therapists are skeptical of open relationships, some believe that, with the right couple, they can work.

Point of View

Personality and Habit Change: Are You an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or Rebel?

July/August 2015
In her first book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin tried to answer the question “How do I become happier?” With her new book on changing the habits of daily life, she answers the question “No, seriously, how do I become happier?”
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