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Open Heart Practice: Reconnecting Children with their Fathers

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by David Epston & Wally McKenzie, New Zealand This original program, developed in New Zealand by David Epston and Wally McKenzie, focuses on reconnecting children with their fathers, particularly in instances of separation and divorce. An Open Heart Practice In the Open Heart program, young people get a sense of who their parents are and the sort of relationships they can expect, rather than what they might dream about. Two potential outcomes become possible: reconnection, on terms determined by young people and their fathers – not...

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Interview with filmmaker John Sayles

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Writer and director, John Sayles, says a film should be a conversation with the broader community. For twenty years Sayles has been doing just that with his films, beginning in 1978 with “The Return of the Secaucus Seven” to this year’s “Limbo.” Arguably America’s most distinguished independent filmmaker, Sayles has put independent film on the map. His films often deal with political themes. The 1983 ground-breaking film, “Lianna,” is about a woman who leaves her husband for another woman. At the...

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Looking For a Therapist?

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By William Madsen, Ph.D. Dr. William Madsen is a psychologist practicing in the Boston and affiliated with the Family Institute of Cambridge. He is the author of a new book “Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families.” When problems crop up in our lives, we often seek out help from others. Over the years, people have turned to family, friends, clergy and others in their community. More recently, people have also turned to books, TV talk shows, and now websites. Sometimes, people look to counselors or therapists. How do you...

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Building Connections in Schools

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by Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Silicon Valley, CA [Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Ph.D. is the author of “Working with Groups to Enhance Relationships”, and is coordinator of the narrative therapy internship at Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates in Cupertino, California.] Communities of Support When one hears “Silicon Valley,” one thinks: “high-tech, computer chips, and the Internet boom.” Silicon Valley is a place of individual achievement, high prices, and big money. It is also a place where people are...

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Interview with filmmaker Neil Jordan

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Born in Sligo,Ireland, Neil Jordan is an award-winning writer and internationally acclaimed film director. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Night in Tunisia (winner of The Guardian Fiction Prize), and three novels, The Past, The Dream of a Beast, and Sunrise with Seamonster. His films include “The Company of Wolves,” “Mona Lisa,” “The Crying Game” (which won him an Oscar and a BAFTA for best screenplay in 1993), “Interview With The Vampire,” “Michael Collins,”...

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The Heroic Client

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By Barry Duncan, Psy.D. and Scott Miller, Ph.D. [Barry Duncan is a professor of Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Scott Miller is an international workshop presenter and co-director, with Barry Duncan, of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change (see their website www.talkingcure.com). Barry and Scott have co-authored over 100 articles and 13 books.] The book that will lead psychotherapy away from the dinosaurs and into the age of The Heroic Client. Psychotherapy has for too long miscast the therapist in the starring...

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Concealing and Revealing a Secret [Part-2]

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Part 2 (or return to Part 1) After years of research Dr. Evan Imber-Black, Director of Program Development and Senior Faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, offers you a step-by-step guide to help you more fully understand the dilemma of secrets. 1. Is the secret being kept because of intimidation? Many secrets are kept out of fear or threats. If you feel overwhelmed with fear about opening a secret, seek reliable support. Examine how another person is misusing power to coerce secrecy. If opening the secret will...

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Concealing and Revealing a Secret [Part-1]

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Part 1 [Part 2]   After years of research Dr. Evan Imber-Black, Director of Program Development and Senior Faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, offers you a step-by-step guide to help you more fully understand the dilemma of secrets. A major dilemma for both professionals in mental health and non-professionals involves the matter of whether to conceal or reveal a secret. While every secret is its own unique phenomenon, reflecting on several questions can aid in this complex decision-making process. 1. Who...

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Anorexia / Bulimia and the Holidays

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When you dream of the holidays what comes to mind – turkey, latkas, pumpkin pie, sugar plums? Maybe its thoughts of travel, visiting relatives, or buying new clothes. Food and family tend to merge during the holidays. Within Judeo-Christian beliefs the holiday season is organized and, to a certain extent, ritualized around food. For someone struggling with anorexia/bulimia, the merger of food and family gatherings is a complete nightmare. Think about it. The problem of anorexia/bulimia works to isolate a person from all of their loved...

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Features – Fresh Perspectives and Longterm Solutions

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World renowned therapists and best selling authors take the reader on a guided tour through pathways that unravel and resolve everyday issues and concerns. Feature writers offer a wide variety of new and exciting ideas proven to help the reader re-think their understanding of problems and designed to move them toward possible futures. Film directors, popular novelists, and social critics offer personal reflections on their work and how this work relates to mental health issues around the world. Features include audio interviews and opinions on...

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