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The Best Way to Discover the Latest Advances in Trauma Treatment

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By Rich Simon

Over the last 20 or 30 years, probably no other diagnosis has been more alluring to the therapy profession and more prone to evoking fervid discussion than trauma. None has done more than trauma to spark therapeutic creativity, generate new and innovative treatments, and even transform the way we think about and practice therapy in almost any setting with almost any client.

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Experience Psychotherapy’s Poet Laureate

By Rich Simon

In the increasingly rushed, impersonal atmosphere of clinical training today, qualities like self-awareness, personal expressiveness, and authenticity are too often ignored. But it’s those neglected dimensions of therapeutic presence that are the focus of this year’s Networker Symposium.

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Attachment and the Dance of Sex: An Interview with Susan Johnson

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By Susan Johnson

I’ve been studying tango for years, both because I love it and because of the lessons it keeps teaching me about emotional and physical connection in relationship. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to tango with an accomplished dancer who had exotic ways of moving his body and all kinds of frills in his technique. Initially, it was exciting, but I soon found myself feeling detached as his partner. Then I danced with a man who seemed much less technically skilled and couldn’t do anything close to the novel steps of the first man, but he engaged me as a partner in a completely different way. It was the difference between dancing in my own bubble and sharing a moment with someone else.

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Get into the Swing!

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By Rich Simon

It’s a rare therapist these days who doesn’t recognize that warm, dependable connection isn’t only a primal human need—you literally can’t leave home (successfully) without it—but that it’s a critical ingredient in good therapy as well. However sharp our technical skills or penetrating our clinical insight, none of it means a thing if it ain’t got that swing, so to speak. Continue reading

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