Volume 5 Issue 3 (March 2017)
Most people who suffer trauma show evidence of a remarkable human capacity to overcome traumatic events, recovering to lead a normal life with even greater resilience than before. Why are some people more resilient in the face of trauma than others? This month we gain insight into one factor that appears to play a role in psychological resilience: metacognition, or the recognition and appraisal of one’s own thoughts. For the trauma sufferer, metacognition and the closely related metamemory can be either a help or a hindrance. Authors Danielle Hett, Heather Flowe, and Melanie Takarangi explain how metacognitions work in trauma recovery in our first feature this month, “Metacognitive Beliefs in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”.
Also featured this month is helpful advice from a unified psychotherapy perspective on psychotherapy supervision. C. Edward Watkins identifies the core variables in productive supervision and presents the Contextual Supervision Relationship Model as a useful framework for supervisors and supervisees alike.
In our 14th instalment of The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain, we continue to explore the neural underpinnings of depression as we shift our focus onto some of the key neurochemicals involved, together with the roles of genetics and neuroplasticity.
This issue we are pleased to have Alexxai Kravitz from the National Institutes of Health explore the question, “If exercise is both healthy and free, then why don’t most people do it?” School psychologist Kirke Olson discusses how neuroscience can offer some help to stave off burnout, and our spotlight this month falls on Ann Weinstein, a specialist on the relationship between prenatal and early postnatal development and experience and a person’s well-being over his or her life span.
As always, I hope you will enjoy this issue, as we have enjoyed preparing it.
Metacognitive Beliefs in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Exploring the relationship between metacognition, metamemory and resilience in trauma recovery. This article looks at the role of maladaptive metacognitive beliefs in both the onset and maintenance of PTSD, as well as identifying which metacognitive beliefs are most influential.
Danielle Hett, Heather Flowe, & Melanie Takarangi
A Unifying Vision of Psychotherapy Supervision
This article looks at what elements might make up a unification-informed understanding of psychotherapy supervision, and what core variables contribute to a productive versus unproductive supervision experience. The Contextual Supervision Relationship Model is offered as a useful framework for understanding the effective elements of supervision.
C. Edward Watkins
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