Issue #11 (February 2015)
As therapists, we are particularly interested in the coherence and integration of our clients’ minds and nervous systems. In this issue, master narratologist Gail Noppe-Brandon reveals in “Creating Coherent Narratives” how the articulation of our story prompts a tacking back and forth between the language-oriented left brain and the felt feelings of the right brain, eliciting deep memory retrieval and, ultimately, integration. Gail’s experience and understanding of the psychotherapeutic use of writing and narrative has given me a renewed enthusiasm for the power of clients’ telling, or writing, their story, and for discovering ways of reconstructing such narratives toward coherence. Resonating with a key theme of last month’s special issue on memory reconsolidation, discovering pro-symptom positions, or the underlying motivational schemas that perpetuate certain symptoms, is an important part of what Gail does as a clinician. I’m sure you will also find new inspiration in the power of narrative as you tap into the wisdom of an expert in clients’ personal stories.
Also in this issue, teacher Karen Ferry gives us an overview of the neuroscience behind effective classroom management and learning achievement. Karen has had many years experience as a teacher, now coupled with a keen and evolving interest in the neuroscience behind classroom dynamics. I appreciate her passion for children and their education and her openness to learning from the neurobiological sciences to help inform teachers and create better learning environments for our children.
CREATING COHERENT NARRATIVES
Gail Noppe-Brandon highlights the importance of narrative, the integrative qualities of telling your story, and the powerful insights that can be achieved as a narratologist.
TEACHING FOR SUCCESS: LINKING NEUROSCIENCE WITH EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND LEARNING ACHIEVEMENT
Karen Ferry, an experienced teacher, looks at the neurobiology of effective students and how teachers can capitalise on what neuroscience is suggesting about our ability to learn.
- From the Editor: Matthew Dahlitz
- Research Front:
- Applied NPT
- Prefrontal Muse
Memory Reconsolidation in Psychotherapy
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Memory reconsolidation (MR)—a foundational process with the potential, if properly understood, to consistently bring about the kind of transformational change that we look for in the lives of clients—is the subject of this book. Featured in this issue is Bruce Ecker, one of the foremost experts in applying techniques that fulfil the neurobiological requirements to achieve MR in clinical practice. In fact all of the authors in this issue are experts in their respective fields, demonstrating the unifying nature of MR in such diverse therapies as the Alexander technique, energy psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, and progressive counting. Understanding the biological basis of our memory and how it can be modified is the key to effective therapeutic change, especially when emotional memories are driving unwanted symptoms. The content of this special issue has been previously published in The Neuropsychotherapist or the International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy.