International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy
Volume 2, 2014
Volume 2 Content
1. Editorial Statement – Pieter Rossouw
2. A Four-Stage Hierarchical Model of Image Construction and Drawing Production: Evidence from Visual Hallucinations, Development and Pathologic Regression in Art. – Paul C. Vitz & Tatiana Kamorina
3. A Review of the Effectiveness of Computer-Based Interventions in Australia for Anxiety-Based Disorders and Reconceptualization of these Interventions from a Neuropsychotherapy Focus – Micah Bernoff & Pieter Rossouw
4. The Impact of Technology Use on Couple Relationships: A Neuropsychological Perspective – Pieter Rossouw & Christina Leggett
It gives me a special sense of joy to introduce the second edition of the International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy. There has been a very encouraging interest in the first edition and we hope this interest will continue into our second year. We strongly encourage our readers to introduce the journal to colleagues and to consider submitting papers for our consideration.
Professional development is an important tool to ensure high standards of practice. It is standard practice for all professionals providing services, and is not limited to just the health professions. Professional development also makes sense. New research demonstrates that CPD results in improved professional standards and improved quality of interventions in terms of understanding, approach, strategies and skills. In order to provide a quality service, the professional benefits greatly from having some understanding of the developments in the field and taking steps to upgrade her/his knowledge and skill base.
A couple of years ago the Australian Psychological Society announced that after 31 October 2011, it will cease accepting applications for endorsement of continuing professional development (CPD) activities. In the statement, the APS added the following: “Please note: APS members can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These may be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS.”
I am sure every clinician in Australia (as well as clinicians in all other countries) is well aware of these changes to the profession and has by now considered the potential implications for her/his work situation in light of these changes. Of course, there are significant variables at play. Where clinicians practice (whether in a government department, an NGO, private practice, tertiary education or combinations of these – to mention just one of these variables) plays a significant role in terms of the needs for professional development.
From a neuropsychotherapeutic perspective, and in light of research indicators from neurobiological research, we need to consider the implications of these changes for both our clients and ourselves as clinicians. This means considering strategies to best facilitate change and growth for our clients, while being mindful of the need to improve our own psychotherapeutic knowledge base and applied skills within the new CPD framework.
It is encouraging to notice that tertiary institutions and Institutes in Neurobiology research and training are now taking the lead in providing various models of professional development. I encourage researchers and providers in this domain to introduce such initiatives in neuroscience through this platform. The International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy is keen to publish quality research in this area to enhance the footprint of Neuropsychotherapy
on global basis.
The University of Queensland, Australia
BHons (Psych), BHons (Phil), BD, MClinPsych, PhD, MAPS, MCClin, QCA
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