Here at the Networker, we’re pretty excited. It’s been two years since we’ve been able to host an in-person Symposium, and we’re thrilled to be able to do so once again. It’s the 45th year of an annual tradition, after all!
This spring, we’re offering choices: you can attend either at the historic Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC, or online in the comfort of your office or home (or home office, as is the case for so many of us these days). Either way, we promise you a vibrant experience of learning, inspiration, and connection.
We’re calling this year’s gathering “Meeting the Moment,” and we think it’s safe to say that this particular moment in our lives resembles no other. We never expected a pandemic to thunder into our midst, and once it did, we never thought it would hang on for so long. Now we’re witnessing the impact up close as clients fill our schedules in record numbers.
Therapists need to be at the top of their professional game like never before. The past few years have been marked not only by the multiple stressors of the pandemic, but also by continuing racial trauma, deepened economic insecurity, staggering rates of burnout, and the frightening realities of climate change. Clinicians are eager for fresh perspectives and tools to help clients cope with these demanding circumstances. So we’re introducing many new voices into the conversation: innovative thinkers, who’ll address what’s unfolding in our society now—in this moment—so they can offer useful therapeutic responses.
While there’s no simple remedy to the crises we’re all facing, the upcoming Symposium can certainly provide a healthy dose of rejuvenation. Whether you participate in person or online, we promise that you’ll get a chance—many chances!—to make rewarding connections, absorb clinical wisdom, and have some well-deserved fun.
The thing about moments, of course, is that they keep changing, and “the moment” will surely shift between now and the opening day of the Symposium. What will never change, though, is our appetite for new insight and the delight and meaning we derive from each other’s company. We invite you to what we believe will be an exceptional meeting of lively minds, open hearts, and unquenchable spirits.
Our beloved editor Rich Simon, the heart and soul of Psychotherapy Networker, passed away in November 2020. Rich touched so many people with his brilliance, generous spirit, and insatiable curiosity. For 44 years, he built up a dynamic community of passionate practitioners who’ve shaped the field in many ways. We hold in our hearts a deep appreciation for all Rich inspired in us—and we're dedicated to carrying Rich’s vision forward and offering pathways to healing amid the ongoing challenges in our world.