This is a journal for those family, relational, and systemic therapists who are battling the effects of dysfunctional systems. In working with families and parents, we are attempting to counterbalance the effects of racism, homophobia and transphobia, ableism, sexism, misogyny, and ageism, one session at a time.
In this edition of the journal, we focus on parenting. Parents are under stress from every direction, from the randomness of serious illness to themselves and their children, to increasing occupational and economic instability, from everyday racism, to a profound lack of support from a crumbling mental health system.
Advancing the Practice
One of the gaps in information for therapists, and therapeutic treatment, is that we do not know what other therapists in our own community are doing. NEJRSP is hoping to bridge that gap by giving therapists a vehicle and a voice to talk about what works.
In practical terms, it would be interesting to know:
- How are therapists and their clients in Chelsea and Lawrence are coping during this pandemic?
- How are therapists adapting to Zoom meetings? What are the elements of Zoom that are therapeutic? What are the limitations of Zoom to the therapeutic process and the problems of risk?
- Has anyone found a way forward with overworked parents struggling with their own work while providing education and child care at the same time?
- Has anyone begun to effectively treat the vicarious trauma of our health care workers?
- How are therapists talking about race, identity, and sexuality with their clients now? How are clients talking about race, identity, and sexuality with their therapists?
- How are community mental health therapists, directors, and administrators adapting systemically to the pandemic?
- When police officers attend therapy, do they talk about their perspective on Black Lives Matter? What do they say?
These are local issues, and much more.
Let us publish your ideas about your own day to day work, and the insights you gain from month to month, and year to year.