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Race and Racism (Winter 2016)

A black therapist registers the surprise on a new white client's face when he opens the waiting room door; the client hadn't been able to "tell" he was black on the phone. Some anxiety rises as he debates commenting.

A white therapist describes a new client:  The client says, 'I specifically chose you because you're white.' She is black. And then a series of questions runs through my mind: How should I feel about this? What does this say about her? What does it say about me? In the moment, I'm unsure how to ask or answer without crossing an unspoken boundary.

How do issues of race and racism show up and play out in your practice, supervision, teaching, or personal relationships? In personal essay, case-based discussion, poetry, and art or photography, tell some of your story.

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The Body in Psychotherapy (Spring 2017)

With its roots in the mid-20th century of Wilhelm Reich, body psychotherapy in the 21st century has embarced modalities from Radix to mind-body centering, Alexander Technique to yoga, Somatic Experiencing to energy psychology and more.

Each in some way incorporates the premise that our experiences and our bodies are necessarily linked, and a route to healing the spirit rests in our breath and bones.

Are there implications of these new methods for our understanding of ourselves and our clients?

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The Psychotherapy Relationship: What Works? (Summer 2017)

Carl Rogers, an early Academy member, said, "In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat or cure or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?"

In this issue - whose theme we share with the 2017 I&C - we invite to explore your experience of the psychotherapeutic relationship, and to tell us what worked and what did not.

Call For Papers (PDF) • Deadline April 15, 2017


Aging and Psychotherapy  (Winter 2017)

The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.      Robert Frost

The brilliance of the poet is in being able to contain, in just a few words, and idea the opens into vast territory.  In this issue of Voices we ask you to think about how Frost's notion of afternoon wisdom applies to your view of your work, practice, patients and continuing evolution as a therapist. We are also interested in how this same notion may apply to your older patients, their work, and the work you do with them.

Call For Papers (PDF) • Deadline August 15, 2017

Recent Issues

What's Love Got To Do With It? (Summer 2016)

What is love in the therapy relationship? Does love transform us and our patients? Does love conform to or confound our concepts of connection and boundary, healing and teaching?

In the Summer 2016 issue of Voices, we’ll delve into the foundations of love, including nurturance, empathy, vulnerability, repair, and intimacy.  The shadow side—ill will, sadism, anger, apathy—may also illuminate our understanding of love. We’ll consider how ethics shapes our choices regarding boundaries, dual relationships, disclosure and aspects of transference/countertransference.


Call For Papers (PDF) • Deadline April 15, 2016

Awe in Psychotherapy (Spring 2016)

Goosebumps! Only a very few experiences produce piloerection: terror, sexual arousal, and awe. There are volumes of literature in psychotherapy devoted to terror and its after- effects, and a still greater number devoted to sex. What about awe?

Are we as therapists, witnesses to, or participants in moments of awe? Can we, in
our work, evoke awe, or be closed to awe? Do we cause a client to be closed to it as well?
When have we known awe in our own work or lives? How have we known the experience
of self-transcendence as the fruit of awe?

The spring 2016 issue of Voices will address awe and psychotherapy

How has fiction led you or misled you in learning the craft of psychotherapy?

Call For Papers (PDF) • Deadline January 15, 2016

Fiction and Psychotherapy (Winter 2015)

Fiction and psychotherapy have had a longstanding alliance.

Bibliotherapy is as old as civilization; in ancient Greece a library was known as a “healing place for the soul” (Sullivan & Strang, 2002).

How do you use fiction, story, memoir, drama, poetry, song, or film in your work? How do these expressive media inform your work or your experience?

How has fiction led you or misled you in learning the craft of psychotherapy?

Call For Papers (PDF) • Deadline August 15, 2015

Where Therapists Dare to Tread (Summer 2015)

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”—Joseph Campbell

“What do you least want to talk about?” When we ask our patients that question, powerful responses are elicited. Asking ourselves that question is powerful for us as well. How we balance risk versus self-protection, find courage in the face of fear, and learn in the place of unknowing can determine our effectiveness with those we seek to help. Do we stretch to meet our growing edge, or do we fear our own “cutting” edge?

Call For Papers (PDF) • Deadline April 15, 2015

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream (Spring 2015)

In the early 17th century, Thomas Dekker wrote, “Sleep is that gold chain that ties our health and our bodies together.” Or not. Sleep and dreams are both structure and theater of human life, along with their shadows: insomnia and nightmares. Our knowledge and understanding of sleep is rapidly expanding, incorporating both the art and science of psychotherapy toward our patients’ health.

Pioneering psychotherapists gleaned much useful material from their patients’ dreams. Freud (1899) said, “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to … the unconscious activities of the mind.” His colleague, Carl Jung, likewise said, “The dream shows the inner truth and reality of the patient as it really is: not as I conjecture it to be, and not as he would like it to be, but as it is” (Jung, 1934). The use of dreams for traditions understanding of our patients’ inner worlds continues today. And therapists’ dreams are resources for their own self awareness and understanding.

Call For Papers (PDF) • Deadline January 15, 2015